A new round of multilateral negotiations for establishing peace in Syria within the framework known as the Astana process kicked off in Kazakhstan’s capital of Nur-Sultan on Thursday.

The 12th round of Syria peace talks is attended by delegations from the Syrian government, the opposition, Russia, Iran, and Turkey. The three latter are known as the guarantors of a ceasefire in Syria.

The current round of Astana talks is also attended by a delegation from Jordan as an observer, and representatives of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross. UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen is also taking part in the talks.

Delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic, headed by Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, on Thursday held a meeting with the Russian delegation, headed by the Russian President’s Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev. The meeting dealt with the coordination of views and positions between the Syrian and the Russian delegations regarding the raised issues to discuss in the new round of peace talks.

Earlier, Delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic held a meeting with the Iranian delegation, headed by Foreign Minister’s Senior Assistant for Special Political Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji, and UN special envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen.

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