TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The Iranian foreign minister's special assistant for political affairs reiterated Tehran’s call for diplomatic efforts to settle the crisis in Syria within the framework of the Astana peace process.

The Islamic Republic hopes that diplomatic efforts within the framework of the Astana peace process, which are being pursued by Iran, Russia and Turkey and supported by the Syrian nation, would help the Arab country settle the crisis soon, Hossein Jaberi Ansari said Monday.

Tehran favors calm and security in all parts of Syria, he added, urging respect for Syria’s unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Earlier this month, the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey –the three guarantor states of de-escalation zones in Syria- held a meeting in Ankara to discuss ways for peaceful settlement of the crisis in Syria.

Since January 2017, Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana has hosted several rounds of peace talks that led to an agreement on de-escalation zones across Syria.

The talks in Astana have been going on in tandem with UN-brokered Geneva talks.

According to reports, the conflict that broke out in Syria in 2011 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.