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Iran Stresses Syrian Refugees’ Repatriation

TEHRAN Ali Asqar Khaji, the Iranian foreign minister's senior aide for special political affairs and a chief negotiator in Astana talks, underlined Tehran's efforts to expedite forming a committee on discussing Syria's new Constitution and easing repatriation of the Syrian refugees.

In a meeting with UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Political Affairs Khawla Matar, on the 13th round of Syrian peace talks in in Kazakhstan's capital city of Nur-Sultan, Khaji underscored the need for the refugees to return to their country, stressing the efforts made within the framework of the Working Group on Exchange of Detainees and Kidnapped and the success of the fourth phase of the exchange that took place yesterday in Syria.

Referring to the efforts made within the framework of the Astana talks to form a constitutional committee in Syria in the past months, Khaji, who is heading Iran's negotiating delegation at the 13th round of talks, emphasized the need to take care of the process until a full conclusion is reached.

Last month, the United Nations and the Syrian Foreign Ministry reported progress in talks on a constitutional committee that could pave the way for a political solution to the conflict. Damascus reiterated that the constitutional committee should be a purely Syrian affair to be decided by the Syrian people alone without any foreign interference.

Damascus, backed by Russia and Iran, has managed to liberate almost the entire country from terrorists in recent months.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.

Source: Fars News Agency