12/10/2015, 00.00
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Moscow, the US and UN in Geneva for talks on Syria

The trilateral meeting begins tomorrow in the Swiss city. Special envoy Staffan de Mistura to attend. Sergei Lavrov calls for a list of terrorist groups to exclude from negotiations. Kerry to travel to Moscow to study a cease-fire and political transition in Syria.

Moscow (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Russia, the United States and the United Nations will hold a trilateral meeting tomorrow in Geneva (Switzerland) to study possible diplomatic channels aimed at ending the conflict in Syria.

The announcement was made yesterday in the late evening by Gennady Gatilov, the Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The talks will hear from UN peace envoy, Staffan de Mistura, for more than a year committed to finding solutions to stop a war that has already killed more than 250 thousand people, mostly civilians, and forced millions of Syrians to flee abroad or live as refugees in their own country.

Gatilov told the meeting that Russia wants a clearer and shared commitment in the "fight against terrorism".

Yesterday, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, had a telephone conversation with John Kerry, US Secretary of State. For his part Kerry said he will travel to Moscow next week to work together with Russia on a perspective agreement that includes a cease-fire and political transition in Syria. Lavrov expressed the need to make a list of "terrorist groups with which should not dialogue, and against whom we must fight together."

For several months, at the invitation of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Moscow has intervened on the Syrian chessboard with air strikes and bombings, often seeking greater collaboration with a US-led coalition that claims to fight the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. However, the coalition that includes Arab states is suspected of supporting Islamic fundamentalist groups close to al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

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