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    De Mistura Says Consultations With Iran Important for Intra-Syrian Talks

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    UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Tuesday that he believes his consultations with Iranian officials on the intra-Syrian talks are important.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, de Mistura held a meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, as part of the preparation for the Wednesday's resumption of the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva.

    "What we discussed was how the future Intra-Syrian talks, because they are among Syrians, can be effective… I think it is very important for me to consult Iranian authorities because they do have an influence and they have been giving me in particular very much advice which I have been using and which I will continue to use in future [intra-Syrian] talks," de Mistura said following the meeting.

    De Mistura added that he and Amir-Abdollahian agreed on the necessity to continue the ceasefire regime in Syria, as well as to provide all the citizens of the crisis-torn country with humanitarian aid to make the negotiations between Damascus and the opposition effective.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since March 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups.

    The previous round of Syrian settlement talks wrapped up on March 24 after 10 days of intense discussions. The round ended in delegates submitting their proposals on how to stop the conflict to de Mistura who then produced a final paper with points of consensus. The new round of talks is expected to start on April 13.


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