Syria peace talks begins in Astana


Iran, Russia and Turkey began a new round of peace talks on the Syrian crisis in Kyrgyzstan’s capital on Monday.

The talks are co-chaired by Hosein Jaberi Ansari, a special aide to Iran’s foreign minister on political affairs, Alexander Lavrentiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Special Envoy to Syria, Sedat Onal, the Turkish deputy foreign minister. 

Syria peace talks will continue for two days during which delegations from peace guarantors – Iran, Russia and Turkey – as well as delegations from the Syrian government and the armed opposition are present. 

A delegation from the United Nations led by Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, will also be present at the talks as observer.