Syrian government is ready for prisoner swap with rebels: state TV

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Posted: Feb 13, 2017 3:38 AM

BEIRUT (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.

(Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Gareth Jones)