All participants of worldwide meeting on Syria arrive in Astana

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

Russia's military campaign objectives "have been nearly accomplished", according to an influential lawmaker.

Earlier, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman that the operation against terrorists in Syria was coming to an end.

The congress proposal was one of the few notable outcomes from the seventh round of talks on Syria held in the Kazakh capital Astana and widely viewed as Moscow's attempt to stamp its own imprint on a settlement for Syria.

Lavrentyev said the United Nations envoy for Syria, Steffan de Mistura, also has supported the idea of holding a Congress of National Dialogue "in principle".

Lavrentyev said it is unclear where the congress would take place or when. All participants of the 7th round of negotiations on Syria have arrived in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, the Kazakhstan foreign ministry said, reports Interfax. The meeting was organised by Russian Federation and Iran, who support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, and Turkey, which backs the opposition.

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.

Establishing ceasefires and forming de-escalation zones in some regions of the country are among main achievements of the talks, the 6th round of which was held in September. The diplomat, who heads Russia's delegation at the Astana talks, last week visited Damascus.

More than 100,000 people have been detained inside war-torn Syria since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict in 2011, according to a London-based NGO.



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