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Representatives of Iran, Russia and Turkey, the three peace guarantor states participating in the global Syria talks, held a trilateral meeting in the Kazakh capital, Astana, on Monday.

It's not clear if the rejection from the internationally-backed Syrian opposition means they will boycott the meeting expected on November 18 - 10 days before the United Nations -sponsored talks scheduled in Geneva. Having intervened decisively in the Syrian war in 2015 in support of President Bashar Al-Assad, Moscow had hoped to build on the collapse of Daesh and launch a new political process towards ending the six-year-long conflict.

Assad "has confirmed his readiness for.the preparation of a new constitution and the holding of new parliamentary and presidential elections on this basis", Lavrentyev said, adding that Assad's acceptance of such a constitutional reform process is "a very important announcement".

Lavrentyev said that as envisioned by Russian Federation, the congress would focus on seeking "compromise solutions towards the political settlement" of the Syrian conflict.

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Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned the idea of the Russian-sponsored congress for post-conflict Syria negotiations.

Vladimir Shamanov, who sits as chairman of Russian parliament's defense committee, told a meeting at the Kazakh parliament that the "major tasks" of Moscow's military campaign in Syria "have been nearly accomplished", according to Russia's state-run news agency TASS.

The two-day meeting will be the first talks since an agreement was reached on how to set up four de-escalation zones in Syria.

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