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Astana Talks On Syria Kick Off

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The fourth round of talks on Syria Astana kicks off in the Kazakh capital of Astana today, TASS reports.

The delegations will spend the first day in consultations and on May 4 a plenary session will be held.

Russia’s delegation in Astana will be led by the presidential special envoy for the Syrian crisis settlement Alexander Lavrentiev, Iran's delegation is headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Ansari, and Turkey's delegation is led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal.

Special representative of the UN Secretary-General Staffan de Mistura and Nauaf Oufi Tel, political adviser to Jordan’s Foreign Minister, will take part in the meeting as observers. For the first time, the US will be represented on a higher level at the meeting - US Assistant Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs Stuart Jones will arrive in Astana.

The delegation of the Syrian government will be headed by the permanent representative of Syria to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, the delegation of the armed opposition will be led by the representative of the Jaysh al-Islam group Mohammed Allush.

To note, on the eve of the forum, expert discussions took place between the official Damascus and Iran, Russia and Turkey, Iran and Turkey.

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