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Kazakhstan to host Syria talks this month

Kazakhstan said Tuesday (April 16th) it will host fresh talks on Syria on April 25th and 26th, backed by Iran, Russia and Turkey as they eye an end to the eight-year conflict, AFP reported.

Delegations from the Syrian regime and armed opposition groups are expected to participate along with representatives of the three guarantor states, Kazakhstan's foreign ministry said in a statement.

The UN and Jordan would attend as observers, it added.

The situation on the ground in Idlib will be on the agenda of the talks, as well as "confidence-building measures" and the distribution of humanitarian aid.

The talks will be the first in Astana for the UN's new Syria envoy Geir Pedersen, who took over from Staffan de Mistura in January.

Pedersen said that talks in Damascus on Sunday with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem focused on a political settlement had been "substantial".

Last month the Kazakh capital changed its name from Astana to Nur-Sultan, although the former name is still being used for the talks.

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