Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura arrived in Tehran Tuesday for talks with a key backer of President Bashar Assad on the eve of fresh peace negotiations in Geneva.

 

De Mistura will meet Iran’s deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Iranian media reported, ahead of the latest effort to end five years of fighting that have killed more than 270,000 people.

 

Iran and Russia have been Assad’s top supporters in the conflict, with Tehran providing economic and military support that has backed up his rule.

 

 

 

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