Iran

Harsh exchanges on first day of Syria talks in Kazakhstan

Harsh exchanges on first day of Syria talks in Kazakhstan

Syria's government envoy and a rebel leader traded barbs as talks between the Mideast country's warring sides got underway in Kazakhstan on Monday in the first face-to-face meeting between the Damascus government and rebel factions fighting to overthrow it.

The gathering in Astana, the Kazakh capital, is also the start of a new effort to end six years of carnage that has killed hundreds of thousands, displaced half of Syria's population and sent millions of refugees to neighboring countries and Europe.

The U.N. envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is participating in the talks, which if successful are expected to be followed by more political talks in February in...

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