Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Another round of Syria peace talks begins in Astana

Another round of Syria peace talks begins in Astana

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Russian delegation head at the Astana peace talks, Alexander Lavrentiev, said presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey are likely to meet sometime in late August or September to further discuss the settlement of the Syrian situation.

The guarantor states brokered a cease-fire in Syria in December 2016. At the Ankara summit, the leaders of the three guarantor states reached an agreement to hold the next summit in Tehran.

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It, meanwhile, reminded that the zones were "temporary", and that their establishment was not to be misused towards undermining Syria's territorial integrity.

Among other things, the statement also reaffirmed the determination of all three governments to eliminate what remains of all terrorist groups, including ISIS and al-Qaeda and related groups from Syria.

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The Russian resort city hosted the Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue in January, with 1,500 people representing the Syrian government and foreign-backed opposition in attendance.

They revealed an agreement to hold consultations with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan De Mistura and the Syrian parties to "prepare the suitable conditions to launch the constitutional committee in Geneva, as soon as possible".

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Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry earlier reported that, in addition to Russia, Iran and Turkey acting as guarantors of the Syrian ceasefire, the delegations of the Syrian government and the opposition, United Nations representatives and observers from the U.S. and Jordan had been invited to the meeting. However, they failed to achieve progress in the detainees' file.

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