Friday, January 27, 2023

Iranian Delegation in Astana for Fresh Round of Syria Talks

Iranian Deputy Foreign Ministry Hossein Jaberi Ansari is heading Iran’s diplomatic delegation in the third round of negotiations in Astana, Kazakhstan, between the Syrian government and the rebel groups in pursuit of peace in the Arab country.

The Iranian team is going to take part in the two-day Syria talks in the Kazakh city of Astana on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Representatives of the Damascus government, the Syria opposition groups, Iran, Russia and Turkey were initially supposed to take part in the talks, but AFP on Monday quoted a spokesman for the Syrian opposition groups as saying that the dissidents won’t be attending the talks.

In February, at the conclusion of the second round of Astana talks, Jaberi Ansari hailed a “calmer and more conciliatory” atmosphere than the first round.

Diplomatic efforts to end fighting in Syria have gained momentum in recent months with the announcement of a ceasefire in the Arab country in early January, Tasnim reported.

The truce, which was negotiated between Russia, Iran, Turkey, the Damascus government and the Syrian opposition, excludes terrorist groups such as ISIS and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.

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