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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu discussed the situation in Syria and the memorandum on de-escalation zones in the country on the sidelines of ASEAN forum, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings take place in the Philippine capital of Manila on August 2-8, bringing together the heads of foreign offices from 27 states.

    "The ministers substantively discussed the situation in Syria, including within the context of implementing the memorandum on creation of de-escalation zones in the Syrian Arab Republic, strengthening the ceasefire regime in the country and promoting the establishment of the political settlement’s process," the ministry said in a statement.

    The memorandum on the establishment of four de-escalation zones in Syria was signed in Astana in May, with Russia, Iran and Turkey acting as the guarantors of the ceasefire regime.

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