On Monday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari told Azad news agency (ANA) that during the previous rounds of the Astana talks, mediated by Iran, Russia and Turkey, the trio signed documents to de-escalate tensions in Syria.
“An important part of the issues raised among the three countries is resolved and general agreements have been reached on them,” said Jaberi Ansari, adding that the three sides have agreed to follow up on the remaining issues through diplomatic channels.
Four rounds of the discussions took place on January 23-24, February 15-16, March 14-15 and May 3-4. The fifth round was expected to be held in June, but it was postponed.
Separately on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, “According to the latest information, the meeting on Syria in Astana is currently set for July 4 and 5.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also told reporters in Beijing that United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura would take part in the Astana talks, noting that the safe zones in the Arab country “are one of the possible options to move forward together.”
Furthermore, Kazakh Foreign Ministry issued a statement, saying that the participants in the Astana negotiations “plan to discuss the situation in Syria, the process of abiding by agreements reached during previous rounds of talks in Astana, including the creation of de-escalation zones in Syria.”
A source in Geneva confirmed to AFP that the upcoming Astana talks and announced that the fresh round of the Geneva talks would start on July 10.