The sixth round of negotiations over the Syrian conflict in Syria began Thursday in Astana, Kazakhstan, focused chiefly on the creation of a "de-escalation zone" in Idlib province in northwestern Syria.
Syria regards as positive the Astana talks as the country trusts its guarantors, namely Iran and Russia, Adnan Mahmoud told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) during a recent interview.
Russian Federation has been the main backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a six-year civil war that has killed and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
Assad "has confirmed his readiness for.the preparation of a new constitution and the holding of new parliamentary and presidential elections on this basis", Lavrentyev said, adding that Assad's acceptance of such a constitutional reform process is "a very important announcement". So are representatives from the United Nations, Jordan, and the United States, according to reports.
Erdogan and Putin also discussed energy cooperation between Russian Federation and Turkey, including Akkuyu nuclear power plant and TurkStream natural gas pipeline project, the source said.
On October 24, Shoigu said at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers' Meeting that Daesh controls less than 5 percent of Syrian territory.
A fresh round of peace talks seeking to end Syria's war opened in the Kazakh capital Astana on Monday, as part of a Moscow-led push supported by Iran and opposition backer Turkey.
The 7th round of negotiations will be held on October 30-31 in Astana.
On October 26, the UN's Syria envoy, Staffan de Mistura, announced his intention to convene the next round of separate negotiations in Geneva on November 28, the eighth round of talks since early past year.