According to Anadolu, the ninth round of Syrian peace talks started in the Kazakh capital on Monday.
Astana is hosting a two-day meeting attended by the guarantor states including the representatives from Russia, Turkey and Iran that brokered a cease-fire in Syria in December 2016.
Latest developments in the de-escalation zone, releases of captives and hostages, and forming a constitutional committee will be on the agenda.
The Turkish delegation is chaired by the deputy undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry, Sedat Onal, while Alexander Lavrentiev, Russian president’s special envoy for Syria, leads his delegation; Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari heads the Iranian delegation.
Representatives of the Syrian government, armed opposition groups, will be joining the main meeting on Tuesday, while the U.S. will not participate in the talks.
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is expected to attend the meeting in the afternoon; Jordan would be observing the talks.
Bilateral talks between the delegations started at the Rixos President Hotel.