Russia, U.S. UN to meet in Switzerland on Tuesday to prepare for Syria conference

Russian, U.S, and UN representatives will meet for a second time in Switzerland on Tuesday to prepare a new international conference on Syria, Geneva-2.

Russian, U.S, and UN representatives will meet for a second time in Switzerland on Tuesday to prepare a new international conference on Syria, Geneva-2.

Russia will be represented by deputy foreign ministers Gennady Gatilov and Mikhail Bogdanov, the U.S. by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Jones, and the UN by Under Secretary General Jeffery Feldman and special envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.

The first meeting was held in Geneva on June 5.

Gatilov earlier told reporters that Russia was committed to the idea of calling the Geneva-2 conference.

A summit of the Group of Eight industrialized nations was held in Lough Erne, UK, last week, where the Russian and American presidents met and pledged to accelerate preparations for the Geneva conference on Syria.

This issue was also discussed in talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The G8 leaders passed a joint communique after the summit which proposed forming an interim government in Syria. They also said that the Syrian authorities and the fighting opposition should oust Al Qaeda militants from Styria, as well as groups linked to the international terrorist network.

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