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Seventh Round of Astana Talks Starts Monday

01 November 2017, 12:13 | Rufus Hill

All participants of international meeting on Syria arrive in Astana

7th round of Syria talks in Astana to begin on Monday

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, who is not participating in the seventh worldwide Astana meeting on resolving the situation in Syria, announced on Thursday that a new round of talks aimed at ending the Syrian crisis will open in a month's time.

Russian Federation is the main backer of the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar al-Assad.

'So far there has been no evidence of a political determination in [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan's government to revise their aggressive policies on supporting terrorist groups, ' he said, adding that such an approach is hindering progress in Astana talks.

Kazakh Foreign Ministry Spokesman Anuar Zhainakov also told TASS that United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de.

Erdogan and Putin also discussed energy cooperation between Russian Federation and Turkey, including Akkuyu nuclear power plant and TurkStream natural gas pipeline project, the source said.

In a statement on Monday, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said some 106,727 people have been held since March 2011. De Mistura's office declined to comment.

Representatives of Iran, Russia and Turkey, the three peace guarantor states participating in the worldwide Syria talks, held a trilateral meeting in the Kazakh capital, Astana, on Monday.

The 7th round of negotiations will be held on October 30-31 in Astana.

'In all the agreements reached in the talks, Syria's sovereignty and integrity have been emphasized and the fight against terrorists has been stressed, ' he said.

On October 26, the UN's Syria envoy, Staffan de Mistura, announced his intention to convene the next round of separate negotiations in Geneva on November 28, the eighth round of talks since early previous year.

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