1255 GMT August 18, 2019
The Iranian top diplomat will discuss the latest developments in war-hit Syria with his Russian and Turkish counterparts, Sergei Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Friday, IRNA reported.
The previous meeting between the top diplomats of Iran, Russia and Turkey, acting as guarantors of cease-fire in some parts of Syria, were held in Kazakhstan’s Astana on March 16.
Earlier this month, the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey also held a meeting in Ankara to discuss ways for a peaceful settlement of the crisis in Syria.
Since January 2017, Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana has hosted several rounds of peace talks that led to an agreement on de-escalation zones across Syria.
The talks in Astana have been going on in tandem with UN-brokered Geneva talks.
According to reports, the conflict that broke out in Syria in 2011 has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced about five million of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or without its borders.