TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s top negotiator in the most recent round of Syria peace talks in Astana emphasized the need for the United Nations’ contribution to the settlement of conflicts in the Middle East region.

In a meeting with the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in the Kazakh city of Astana on Friday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari said it is necessary for the UN to play a role in resolving the regional crises.

He also explicated the measures Iran has taken to end the war in Syria, particularly its contribution to the humanitarian aid plans.

For his part, de Mistura briefed the Iranian diplomat on the results of the latest round of Syria peace negotiations that the UN has organized in the Swiss city of Geneva.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 8th round of Syria peace negotiations in Astana.

Iran, Russia and Turkey are known as the guarantors of a ceasefire in Syria within the framework of Astana process.

One of the main purposes of the ongoing round of Astana talks is to prepare the ground for a congress for Syrian-Syrian talks about the future of the Arab country in the post-Daesh era.

The decision to hold the Syria national congress was made in a summit of Iranian, Russian and Turkish leaders in Sochi back in November.

The parties in Astana are also working to finalize two outstanding documents on the exchange of detainees, abductees, and the bodies of those killed from the warring sides in Syria, and also on demining Syria’s protected cultural heritage sites.

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

The fourth round of those 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.