Iranian President Hassan Rouhani censured the US for a recent missile strike against an airbase in Syria, saying the aggression will boost terrorism in the region and strengthen lawlessness and instability in the world.
The UN’s Syria envoy has written to Iran, Russia and Turkey, pleading with the trio to urgently help save the Syria-wide ceasefire, which has recently been undermined by militant attacks against government positions near Damascus and Hama.
The United Nations Security Council says intra-Syrian negotiations organized by Iran, Russia, and Turkey in the Kazakh capital city of Astana set the stage for stalled UN-brokered peace talks to resume in the Swiss city of Geneva.
The European Union's foreign policy chief said the EU will host a conference on Syria next month, following up on a meeting in London last year at which leaders pledged more than $10 billion to help fund schools, shelter and jobs for refugees.
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has told all parties present at the Syria peace talks being held in Geneva that several more rounds of negotiations would be needed before any manner of accord is reached.
The United Nations says it has seen signs that the Syrian government’s delegation and representatives of the armed opposition groups are ready to hold face-to-face negotiations for the first time in the fresh round of the Geneva peace talks.
Kazakhstan said Tuesday that a new round of Astana talks on the Syria conflict led by Russia, Turkey and Iran will take place behind closed doors, as the make-up of any armed opposition delegation remained unclear.