Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Peace talks of Russia, Turkey & Iran begins in Kazakhstan

Peace talks of Russia, Turkey & Iran begins in Kazakhstan

Negotiators from Iran, Russia and Turkey gathered in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on Monday, hoping to make progress on a political settlement in Syria as diplomatic tensions fan out across the region.

During the eighth round of peace talks aimed at ending the Syria conflict on December 21-22, 2017, the delegations agreed on the release of detainees and clearing mines in historical sites in the country.

Bilateral and multilateral consultations within the framework of the meeting with the participation of all guarantor states' delegations kicked off in the Kazakh capital on Monday.

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 three countries also agreed to hold later two meetings of the working group; one in Ankara next June on the release of the kidnapped and the detainees as well as searching for the missing persons and the other is scheduled to be a high-level worldwide meeting on Syria in July in the Russian city of Sochi.

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.

The talks in Astana have been going on in tandem with another series of talks held in Geneva and brokered by the UN.

The two-day talks are the first time the three foreign powers most deeply involved in Syria's seven-year war have met together since Iran and Israel became embroiled in a spat over reported cross-border military strikes last week.

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