Alwaght- The first day of the 14th round of Astana talks on Syria has started in the Kazakh capital with Iranian and Russian delegations holding bilateral negotiations at its sidelines.
A number of closed-door bilateral and multilateral meetings among the representatives of ceasefire guarantor states (Russia, Turkey, and Iran), Syrian parties (government and opposition) and the United Nations will take place on Tuesday, Sputnik news reported, adding that a plenary session will be held with Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq joining as observers.
The Syrian Constitutional Committee's work and the situation in Idlib are the main topics on the agenda.
Earlier in the day, Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Aibek Smadiyarov told reporters that all the delegations had arrived in Nur-Sultan. He also said that the Jordanian delegation is being led by its ambassador to Kazakhstan.
Russia's delegation is headed by Special Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev and includes Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin as well. The Turkish delegation is led by the Foreign Ministry's Deputy Undersecretary Sedat Onal, and the Iranian delegation is headed by Ali Asghar Khaji, senior assistant for political affairs of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Damascus is traditionally represented by Syria's Envoy to the United Nations in New York Bashar Jaafari, while the Syrian opposition is represented by Ahmad Tomah.