TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari started a trip to Russia to hold talks with senior officials of the country on various topics, including the latest developments in Syria.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Jaberi Ansari left Tehran for Moscow on Tuesday to meet Russian officials and discuss Syrian developments and regional cooperation between the Islamic Republic and the Russian Federation. 

The diplomat has been Iran’s top negotiator in the peace talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana aimed at ending the Syria crisis.

The 7th round of Syria peace talks brokered by Iran, Russia, and Turkey was held in Astana on October 30 and 31.

The fourth edition of the talks in May produced a memorandum of understanding on de-escalation zones in Syria, sharply reducing fighting in the country.

Diplomatic efforts to end fighting in Syria gained momentum in 2017 with the announcement of a ceasefire in the Arab country in early January.

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.