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16 May 2018, 05:15 | Opal Carroll
US will not take part in Astana talks on Syria — diplomat
The ninth round of Syria peace talks sponsored by Iran, Russia, and Turkey began on May 14 in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana. The three states act as the guarantors of the truce.
It is essential to implement agreements on deescalation zones in Syria because they are a main factor in maintaining the ceasefire and reducing violence in the country, said the statement.
The final statement underlined the "key role" the four safe zones are playing in preserving the ceasefire regime, saying their demarcations, which were outlined in Astana last May, need to be respected.
"Representatives of the Syrian armed opposition have arrived in Astana early this morning", he said.
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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 statement affirmed the continuation of combating terrorism in Syria until completely eliminating ISIL, Nusra Front and all other terrorist organizations affiliated to al-Qaeda or ISIL.
The talks in Astana have been going on in tandem with another series of talks held in Geneva and brokered by the UN.
He did not mention the exact date for the summit expected to be hosted by Tehran, since Ankara would soon hold a working group meeting with representatives from Iran, Russia and Turkey on working out the conflict in Syria. However, they failed to achieve progress in the detainees' file.
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