Russian, Iranian, Turkish top diplomats hold talks on Syria in Astana

 Russian, Iranian, Turkish top diplomats hold talks on Syria in Astana

Foreign ministers from Syrian ceasefire guarantor nations (Russia, Iran and Turkey) - Sergey Lavrov, Mohammad Javad Zarif and Mevlut Cavusoglu - have started talks in Astana to discuss the operation of de-escalation zones in Syria and also political and humanitarian issues.

The top diplomats are expected to sum up the results of the Astana format, which was launched more than a year ago, and will also outline steps for settling all aspects of the Syrian crisis.

The ministers will focus on the situation in Eastern Ghouta, in the Idlib de-escalation zone and implementing the decisions of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi on setting up a constitutional commission and continuing talks in Geneva, TASS reported.

The top diplomats plan to agree on recommendations for Damascus and the opposition on the Syrian settlement and also adopt a joint statement.

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