Iran's Jaberi Ansari, Russian Lavrentiev discuss Syrian peace talks

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The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, who is not participating in the seventh global 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 has been the main backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a six-year civil war that has killed and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

The sixth round of negotiations over the Syrian conflict in Syria began Thursday in Astana, Kazakhstan, focused chiefly on the creation of a "de-escalation zone" in Idlib province in northwestern Syria.

Lavrentyev said Assad would be willing to participate in the proposed talks with other Syrians, which he said would include groups both for and against the government.

"Although he had some reservations, he supported this initiative of Russia", Lavrentyev said.

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"In any case [Russian President and] Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Vladimir Putin will make the final decision", a source told the media outlet adding that no final decisions have been taken so far.

Guarantors of a nationwide Syrian ceasefire regime - Russia, Turkey and Iran - agreed on May 4 in the Kazakh capital, Astana, to establish "de-escalation zones" in war-torn Syria.

A statement on the Russian foreign ministry website on Tuesday listed 33 Syrian organisations invited to a "Congress of Syrian National Dialogue" in the Russian city of Sochi on November 18. Along with the Astana talks, United Nations-sponsored negotiations are held in Geneva in search of an overall political solution.

United Nations envoy de Mistura has announced his intention to reconvene broader Syrian peace negotiations in Geneva on November 28.