TEHRAN (defapress) - The seventh round of peace talks aimed at ending the Syria crisis will be held on Monday in the Kazakh capital, Astana.
News ID: 66753
Publish Date: 29October 2017 - 18:42
The two day talks, which will focus on strengthening the
ceasefire that came into effect on December 30, have been brokered by Russia,
Iran and Turkey.
The two-day meeting is also scheduled to address the release
of captives and hostages, and humanitarian action on mines, Kazakh Foreign
Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said on October six.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari will
head Iran’s delegation, the Turkish delegation will be chaired by Deputy
Undersecretary of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Sedat Onal and the Russian
president’s special envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev will lead the Russian
team, Abdrakhmanov said on October 27.
Representatives of the Syrian government, armed opposition
groups, as well as delegations from the UN, Jordan and the US will attend the
talks, he confirmed.
Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian deputy foreign minister for
Arab and African affairs and Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad
discussed the agenda of the forthcoming Astana peace talks.
Diplomatic efforts to end fighting in Syria gained momentum
in 2017 with the announcement of a ceasefire in the Arab country in early
The fourth round of those talks in May produced a memorandum
of understanding on de-escalation zones in Syria, sharply reducing fighting in
During the sixth round of Astana talks in September, Iran,
Russia and Turkey agreed on a deal to establish and patrol a de-escalation zone
in Syria’s northern Idlib province. In early October, Turkey deployed tanks and
military vehicles on its Syrian border, building up military presence in Idlib.
According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy
Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured
1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war
population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.