The sixth round of Syrian peace talks began under the auspices of the United Nations in the Swiss city of Geneva on Tuesday as part of efforts to facilitate a political resolution of the deadly conflict in the Arab country.
The new South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, said as he took office on Wednesday that he was open to visiting rival North Korea under the right conditions to ease military tension on the Korean Peninsula.
Astana is hosting a fourth round of talks to be held in the Kazakh capital between the Syrian government and opposition aimed at resolving the now-six-year-old foreign-backed militancy in the Arab country.
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.