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Astana talks show Russia eager to keep plugging away at Idlib

The new round of Syria talks in Kazakhstan produced a cease-fire in Idlib and the promise for a constitutional committee due to be announced in September, but will all of this ultimately happen?
Officials attend a session of the peace talks on Syria in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov - RC11F7E4FF00

The 13th round of Syria talks in the capital city of Kazakhstan mostly brought optimism, even though the final communique did not appear to report any breakthroughs. Al-Monitor attended the event in Nur-Sultan (previously known as Astana) and examined the text of the communique.

The final communique states that the negotiators discussed the idea of holding an international conference on humanitarian assistance to Syria. 

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