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Astana Talks – Main Achievements

Today, another round of talks ended in Astana. During the meeting, the parties reached quite an important agreement on new safe zones in Idlib which will become another big step towards peace in Syria.

According to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the de-escalation zone in Idlib constitutes the final stage of the realization of the memorandum signed in May and provides necessary conditions to further the political solution process going on in Geneva under UN monitoring. Obviously, Turkey seeks its own goals in implementing these safe zones but still a ceasefire shall become great new for the citizens of the war-torn Idlib controlled by several jihadist groups.

Apart from this significant achievement, the Astana conference saw other several contributions to peace process. For instance, in an interview to Al-Manar TV channel, Iranian deputy foreign minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari noticed that the parties were able to make a clear distinction between the opposition groups belonging to terrorists and armed opposition.

This long-waited and quite important step means that from this moment Syria and its allies will be aware of the factions, which negotiations are possible with, and those seeking only violence.

Another result of the Astana talks is that finally all the sides could achieve mutual agreements on the peace process in Syria. While ISIS is rapidly losing its positions in the Syrian Republic and Iraq, the issue of after-war dialogue is arising. And the sooner all those involved in the conflict agree, the sooner the terrible war will end and millions of citizens return to the life they have been dreaming of since 2011.

 

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