Delegations from Russia, Turkey and Iran met on Tuesday at the first round of trilateral talks on Syria's peace process in Kazakh capital.

 Experts from Russia, Turkey, Iran and the United Nations have started a technical meeting in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, to discuss in detail the implementation of the Syrian ceasefire agreement, Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic welcomes ceasefire in Syria.

Saudi Arabia has announced a renewable 48-hour ceasefire to begin at noon Saturday in Yemen, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reports.

The United Nations special envoy for Yemen has called for renewal of a three-day ceasefire in the war-hit country amid multiple reports of violations of the truce.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi welcomed the declaration of ceasefire in Yemen, and underlined the need for efforts by all sides to extend ceasefire and end the futile war.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported that the number of settlements that have joined the ceasefire regime in Syria has increased to 486.

The Syrian army has announced another three-day extension of a nationwide ceasefire which was initially declared to mark Eid al-Fitr.

Russia has announced a 48-hour ceasefire in Syria's northwestern city of Aleppo in an attempt to calm violence in the in embattled city.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian censured certain countries for troubling establishment of sustainable truce in Syria by supporting the terrorists.


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