Guarantor States of Syria Ceasefire Convene in Astana

The ninth round of the Astana peace talks ended on Tuesday

The ninth round of the Astana peace talks ended on Tuesday

Negotiators from Iran, Russia and Turkey gathered in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on Monday, hoping to make progress on a political settlement in Syria as diplomatic tensions fan out across the region.

Zarif said he was "seeking assurances" from the backers of the country's nuclear deal after the United States pulled out earlier this month triggering broad worldwide condemnation and fresh fears for the region.

The Guarantor States stressed the importance of implementing the De-Escalation Zones Agreement in Syria, which played a pivotal role in maintaining the cessation of hostilities, describing the Agreement as a temporary measure that can not violate the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria.

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.

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Among other things, the statement also reaffirmed the determination of all three governments to eliminate what remains of all terrorist groups, including ISIS and al-Qaeda and related groups from Syria. In addition, the three countries "agreed to hold joint consultations of their high-level representatives with the United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy for Syria as well as with Syrian parties in order to create conditions to facilitate the beginning of the Constitutional Committee's work in Geneva as soon as possible and to carry out such meetings on a regular basis".

Chaired by former premier of the Syrian interim government, Ahmed Tuma, the opposition delegation comprised of 24 people representing a few select factions backed by Turkey.

A delegation of the Syrian armed opposition has arrived in Astana to take part in an global meeting on resolving the Syrian crisis, Kazakh Foreign Ministry Spokesman Anuar Zhainakov told reporters on Tuesday.

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