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UN Envoy: Syrian Peace Talks End With 'Incremental Progress'

Men walk over rubble of damaged buildings in the province of Daraa Syria

"We made, as we were expecting and hoping, incremental progress". It was brokered by the United States, which backs the rebels, as well as Russian Federation, which provides military support to President Bashar al-Assad's troops.

Government delegation chief says direct meeting with opposition was not raised with his team at Geneva talks.

The head of the Syrian government delegation, Bashar al-Jaafari, said on Friday that his team has not been asked to hold direct talks.

Referring to the upcoming September round, de Mistura said "we will see whether by that time the worldwide momentum. may be able to actually push all sides to finally sit in the same room and start talking about substance".

The U.N. Syria envoy says he plans to convene in September an eighth round of indirect peace talks between President Bashar Assad's government and opposition leaders.

The opposition groups have drawn closer together, built new levels of "trust" and have scheduled to meet again later this month, De Mistura said.

De Mistura noted the precursor to the latest Geneva talks included a May meeting involving Russia and Turkey in Astana, Kazakhstan, followed by an agreement earlier this month in Amman brokered by the United States, Russia, and Jordan for a ceasefire in southern Syria, which coincided with the G20 summit in Hamburg where Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his US counterpart Donald Trump.

The HNC argues that the government stresses the terrorism issue to distract from Assad's future, the massive hurdle in the way of any prospective deal.

The three opposition groups have recently held technical talks, aligning their stances on the Constitution and the elections, but failing so far to agree on the transition of power.

"I have been asking them for the next round to be ready to address the political process", he said.

In a press conference on Friday evening, de Mistura considered that the significant change in the tone at the Security Council with regard to finding a solution to the crisis in Syria is due to the previous efforts at the meetings of Astana, Amman and Hamburg and the determination of all the active parties and their keenness on setting mechanisms that would push the preparatory work forwards to achieve the task, hoping that this would be fruitful.

Macron outlined the proposal during his meeting on Thursday in Paris with US President Donald Trump, France's United Nations ambassador Francois Delattre said.