TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari and United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura exchanged views about a range of issues, including the latest efforts to resolve the protracted crisis in the Arab country.

Meeting in Tehran on Monday, de Mistura and Jaberi Ansari discussed recent victories of the Syrian army and its allied forces in the battle against the Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group.

They also talked about ways to implement recent ceasefire and peace deals in Syria.

Diplomatic efforts to end fighting in Syria have gained momentum in recent months with the announcement of a ceasefire in the Arab country in early January.

The truce, which was negotiated between Russia, Iran, Turkey, the Damascus government and the Syrian opposition, excludes terrorist groups such as Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups currently controlling parts of it.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.