Preparations for Syria Talks Outlined

Preparations for Syria Talks OutlinedPreparations for Syria Talks Outlined

Expert-level meetings attended by Iran, Russia and Turkey ended on Thursday with a press release on the preparations made for the next round of Syria peace negotiations in the Kazakh city of Astana.

Iran, Russia and Turkey, which have initiated a ceasefire plan to resolve a bloody six-year crisis in Syria, held the meetings at the level of experts to coordinate efforts for the fourth round of diplomatic negotiations in Astana for peace in Syria, Tasnim News Agency reported.

According to the press release following the expert meetings, held on April 18 and 19 in Tehran, delegations from Iran, Russia and Turkey discussed draft documents on a ceasefire regime in Syria, as well as the exchange of prisoners and abductees between the Damascus government and the armed groups.

A delegation of UN experts attended the trilateral meetings in Tehran as observer and offered technical assistance on special issues, the press release said.

The talks prepared the ground for the fourth round of Syria peace talks, slated for May 3 and 4 in Astana, and all of the delegations agreed to hold another round of expert talks before the Astana conference, it added.


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