Syrian government 'prepared to swap prisoners with people 'kidnapped by terrorist groups''

Reuters , Monday 13 Feb 2017

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with NBC News in this handout picture provided by SANA on July 14, 2016 (Photo: Reuters)

The Syrian government is prepared to swap prisoners in its jails for people "kidnapped by terrorist groups", state television reported on Monday, citing an official source.

The government is "continuously ready" for such an exchange with rebel groups, "particularly in the framework of efforts being made for the coming meeting in Astana", a news flash on the state-run al-Ikhbariya TV station said.

The Kazakh foreign ministry said on Saturday that Syrian government and rebel delegations had been invited to attend meetings on the Syria crisis in Kazakhstan's capital of Astana on February 15-16.

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