Members of Turkish, Syrian armed opposition arrive for talks in Astana
Sharif said de Mistura was instead sending a team of five people to the Astana talks, which will be attended by representatives from Russia, Iran and Turkey.
Kazakhstan has invited Syrian rebels and government officials to peace talks on Wednesday and Thursday in Astana, after a first round last month organised by regime backers Russian Federation and Iran and rebel ally Turkey.
But some of Syria's rebels say they won't begin negotiating a political settlement with the government until measures are taken to bolster a flagging cease-fire and address urgent humanitarian concerns.
In another session held late Tuesday, Ansari met Bashar al-Jaafari, Syria's ambassador to the United Nations, and exchanged views about the agenda of the upcoming Astana talks.
Kazakhstan on February 15 said talks had been moved one day to February 16 for unspecified "technical reasons".
Mohammed Alloush, the head of the Saudi-backed High Negotiation Committee (HNC) delegation, arrived in Astana late on Wednesday, an indication that the opposition has not come to the one-day meeting with enthusiasm, especially because he said the opposition was not aware of the agenda.
The first set of talks on Syria that took place in the Central Asian country's capital in January did not result in any significant breakthrough.
In other words, Astana II is just a stepping stone for the upcoming Geneva next week where the HNC is prepared to engage in negotiations over political issues, including the future government of Syria.
De Mistura's office announced yesterday that he has sent out letters of invitation for the Geneva talks, now set to begin on February 23, with initial consultations taking place on February 20.
Jaafari has told Russian agency RIA Novosti that one-on-one meetings between the opposition and the government were "not planned".
Russia, which backs President Bashar al-Assad's government, and Turkey, which supports the rebels, are brokering the talks.
"As a result, the successes realized since December 29 and what we observe right now are better than the aforementioned date", he said.
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