Another round of Syria peace talks begins in Astana

A man holds stacks of bread at the city of Douma in Damascus Syria

A man holds stacks of bread at the city of Douma in Damascus Syria

"The US delegation has refrained from taking part in the current round of talks on Syria in Astana", Zhainakov said.

Astana platform's Guarantor States (Russia, Iran and Turkey) affirmed their firm commitment to Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and called for the need to avoid all steps that would prejudice these principles and undermine the achievements of Astana process.

At the end of the Astana meeting, the three guarantor States of the ceasefire in Syria will issue a final declaration in which they will deal with the progress and goals to achieve lasting peace in the Arab nation. On May 14, bilateral and multilateral consultations took place, while a plenary meeting will be held on May 15.

Latest developments in the de-escalation zone, releases of captives and hostages, and forming a constitutional committee will be on the agenda.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is expected to attend the meeting in the afternoon; Jordan would be observing the talks.

The Iranian and Russian delegations have also held meetings with Bashar Ja'afari, representative for the Bashar al-Assad regime.

In the past, the United States sent a delegation to the talks.

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.

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