A new round of negotiations between representatives from the Damascus government and a delegation of foreign-sponsored opposition leaders aimed at ending Syria's conflict is set to resume in Switzerland later this week with the United Nations' Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura not in attendance.
Syrian Ambassador to Tehran, stressing that only the Syrian nation has the right to decide for the future of Syria, said the presence of terrorists at the negotiating table is dangerous for peace process in his country.
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman commended the prominent Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi and the cast and crew of his film 'The Salesman' for winning the 2017 Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film.
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has told all parties present at the Syria peace talks being held in Geneva that several more rounds of negotiations would be needed before any manner of accord is reached.
The head of Myanmar's most powerful ethnic rebel group has threatened to derail the government's wobbling push for peace as fierce fighting in the country's restive borderlands has reached a critical point.
The rival leaders of ethnically-split Cyprus has called on the United Nations to hold a follow-up peace summit early next month, after last month's negotiations were suspended over vast differences between the two sides, the world body says.