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Reconciliation talks in Astana extended for one day in the anticipation of arrival of Syrian armed opposition representatives

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The third round of Syria reconciliation talks in Astana is being extended for one day in the anticipation of arrival of Syrian armed opposition representatives to the negotiations, with the talks participants expected to discuss differentiation between terrorists and armed groups, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s Asia and Africa Department Director General AidarbekTumatov told Sputnik. “Tomorrow, on the 16th, the talks will be continued with a military aspect included, which, I think, is important, given the issues of terrorist groups’ location, including that of the IS and the Jabhat al-Nusra, and the location of moderate opposition are expected to be discussed”,Tumatov said. The future of the document will depend on the participants of the talks, but the humanitarian aspect is the most important in this process, the official added.

Iran could allow Russia to use one of its airbases

On Saturday, Iranian Defense Minister, Hossein Dehghan, announced that the country’s authorities could allow Russia to use its Nojeh airbase near the western city of Hamadan for Moscow’s aerial operation against terrorists in Syria if the situation in the crisis-torn Middle Eastern nation demanded it. Later in the day, the Russian upper house of Parliament’s Defense Committee chair, Viktor Ozerov, affirmed that Russia could use Iran’s airbase if the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, which is used for anti-terror strikes in Syria, moves away from the Syrian borders for a new mission. Iran allowed the Russian strike force to operate from the base in the Hamadan province in mid-August. The jets returned to Russia a week later, after completing their anti-terror mission, which targeted jihadists in Syria. However Tehran then announced that it suspended Russia’s use of the facility.

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