Peace talks of Russia, Turkey & Iran begins in Kazakhstan

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The three states act as the guarantors of the truce.

Moscow, Ankara and Tehran will hold regular consultations with United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on launching a constitutional committee, Kazakhstan's Deputy Foreign Minister Yerzhan Ashikbayev said, reading out a joint statement adopted by Russia, Turkey and Iran at the ninth worldwide meeting on Syria, held in Astana on May 14-15, TASS reprots. "This time round the Americans, unfortunately, have decided not to support our global efforts", Lavrentyev said.

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

The Iranian and Russian delegations have also held meetings with Syrian top negotiator Bashar Jaafari.

Tu'mah expressed the opposition's satisfaction with the results of the Astana 9 talks, adding that he felt palpable Russian efforts to push the regime towards the political solution.

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At the end of the two-day talks in the Kazakh capital, the participants issued a joint statement, emphasizing the need to respect "the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity" of the crisis-torn Arab country.

Zarif has already visited Beijing and will head to Brussels after Moscow as part of a bid to salvage the deal.

"Representatives of the Syrian armed opposition have arrived in Astana early this morning", he said.

Their departure means that militants from the Islamic State group fighting on the outskirts of Damascus are now the main challenge to government control over the capital and its surrounding area.

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