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UN Syria Envoy in Tehran
UN Syria Envoy in Tehran

UN Syria Envoy in Tehran

UN Syria Envoy in Tehran

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura was expected to arrive in Tehran late on Sunday for meetings with Iranian officials ahead of the sixth round of Astana talks aimed at settling the Syrian crisis that has been dragging on for over six years. The latest developments in the Syria war and ways to facilitate dialogue between the warring sides were mentioned by ISNA as the main topics on the agenda of de Mistura's Monday discussions with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, his deputy for Arab and African affairs, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, and other officials.  The sixth round of Astana talks, sponsored by Russia, Turkey and Iran, was pushed back from late August to mid-September. At the most recent Astana meeting in July, the three nations failed to finalize an agreement on creating four de-escalation zones in Syria after Ankara raised objections. Tehran and Moscow are allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his fight against armed rebel groups backed by Ankara and its western and regional allies.

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