Cars are parked outside Rixos President Hotel, the venue for Syria peace talks, in Astana on October 30, 2017. AFP/Stanislav FILIPPOV
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Negotiators from Iran, Russia and Turkey gathered in Kazakhstan's capital Astana Monday, hoping to make progress on a political settlement in Syria as diplomatic tensions fan out across the region. The two-day talks are the first time the three foreign powers most deeply involved in Syria's 7-year-old war have met together since Iran and Israel became embroiled in a spat over reported cross-border military strikes last week.Russian chief negotiator Alexander Lavrentyev Monday upbraided the United States for not sending a delegation to observe the latest round of Syria peace talks after its delegations came to eight previous rounds of negotiations in Astana.The United Nations envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura was also expected in the capital, Zhainakov wrote.
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