Maria Zakharova

Iran, Russia, Turkey working on agenda of next Syria talks in Astana

IRNA – Tehran, Moscow and Ankara, as the main initiators of the intra-Syrian talks in Astana, are working on the agenda for the next round of Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan’s capital.

peaking to reporters, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Iran, Russia and Turkey are working to set a time for the next round of talks in Astana.

Consultations are underway for reaching an agreement on the implementation of the agreements related to the establishment of de-escalation zones in Syria reached in the previous round of talks, Zakharova was quoted as saying by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

So far, four rounds of talks have been held in Astana on establishment of peace in Syria.

The first round of multilateral Astana talks was attended by the Syrian government’s representatives as well as dissident groups on January 23-24.

The second round of the Astana talks took place on February 15-16 with the participants agreeing to set up a ceasefire monitoring group assigned by Iran, Russia and Turkey, that would report to the United Nations.

The third meeting involving the Iranian, Russian and Turkish and the UN delegations was held on March 14-15 while the US and Jordan participated as observers.

In the fourth round of talks, the participating countries and warring sides agreed to create four de-escalation zones in Idlib province, in northern parts of Homs, in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus and in the south of the country.