Fifth round of Syrian peace talks begins in Astana

Russian, Turkish and Iranian diplomats launched their fifth round of Syrian peace talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana Tuesday, with focus on establishing four deconfliction zones in Syria including one along Syria’s borders with Jordan and Israel. The way was paved by a ceasefire declared Sunday night by Syria in the southern region. The conference’s plenary session begins Wednesday.

Representatives of the Assad regime and opposition factions have arrived in Astana. DEBKAfile: Also in attendance are the UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Minstura, Acting US Undersecretary for near East Affairs Stuart Jones and the Jordanian Foreign Minister’s adviser, Nawaf Tel Uasfi. Israel was not invited despite the fact that any agreement reached will affect its common Golan border with Syria. 

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