(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari met on Wednesday with Russia's special envoy on Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev in Astana.
During the meeting attended by the delegates of the two countries in Kyrgyzstan, Lavrentiev and Jaberi Ansari discussed and exchanged views on the latest developments in Syria and the process of dialogue in Astana.
The new round of the Astana talks, which brings together the sides to the Syrian conflict — Damascus and armed opposition, as well as three ceasefire mediator states — Russia, Iran and Turkey, kicked off on Wednesday, while a meeting at the experts level took place on Tuesday.
The first three rounds of talks on the Syrian settlement brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran, were held in Kazakh capital of Astana on January 23-24, February 15-16 and March 14-15. During the talks, the participants agreed to set up a ceasefire monitoring group, among other points.