Russia, Iran, Turkey to hold regular consultations with United Nations envoy

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The ninth round of peace talks aimed at ending the conflict in Syria began in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan.

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.

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After two Tukey's military operations in northern Syria which resulted in containing of the United States backed Syrian Kurdish armed groups, some believe that Turkey may agree to talk with the Syrian Kurds both to decrease the U.S. influence in the region and to its economic and security benefits.

During the talks, the parties are due to discuss the current situation in Syria, including in the de-escalation zones, humanitarian issues and confidence-building measures and coordinate further steps to facilitate the resolution of the crisis in that country.

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

At a press conference, the head of the Russian delegation, Alexander Lavrentiev, noted that at this ninth round of talks, which opened on Monday, bilateral meetings and among the guarantor States were very positive and necessary.

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

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