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Astana talks: Russia, Turkey, Iran agreed to the plan to support Syrian ceasefire

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Source: Sputnik International

The peace talks, held in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, aimed at resolving the Syrian conflict have ended with Russia, Turkey and Iran agreeing on a mechanism to support a delicate ceasefire.

The meeting, brokered by Russia and Turkey, was aimed at strengthening a nationwide ceasefire that has largely held despite pockets of violence across Syria and to pave the way towards United Nations-led political negotiations in Geneva on February 8, Al Jazeera reported.

The three nations also expressed their support to the willingness of the armed rebel groups to participate in the Geneva talks.

UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura said there were very intense discussions in the peacetalks about cessation of hostilities.

The initial draft communique seen by journalists on Monday had included a proposal for the truce to be monitored by Russia, Iran and Turkey, BBC reported.

The talk in Astana marks the first where the opposition delegation is formed exclusively of representatives of armed groups.

Meanwhile, the jihadist group Jabhat Fateh al-Sham had launched an assault and seized some positions from rebel groups in north-western Syria that are attending the Astana talks.

More than 3 lakh people have been killed and 11 million displaced during the 6-year long battle in Syria.

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