Russian FM: “Lausanne format” Syrian peace talks can continue

Russian FM: “Lausanne format” Syrian peace talks can continue
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir sit together around a table during a bilateral meeting where they discussed the crisis in Syria, in Lausanne, Switzerland, October 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Christophe Bott/Pool

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Syrian peace talks could continue in the regional leader involvement format held in Lausanne over the weekend. 

  • Russia's Foreign Ministry: Syria peace talks could continue in the "Lausanne format”.
  • John Kerry hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and foreign ministers from Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Jordan and Egypt Saturday in Lausanne.

(VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA) Russia believes that Syria peace talks could continue in the "Lausanne format", RIA news agency quoted Russia's Foreign Ministry as saying on Monday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and seven foreign ministers from the region - from Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Jordan and Egypt - in Lausanne on Saturday.

The meeting took place weeks after the collapse of a painstakingly crafted U.S.-Russian ceasefire plan that many saw as the last hope for peace this year. It ended without a breakthrough.

This article was contributed by Reuters

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