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Latest round of Syrian peace talks comes to an end

Syria’s Ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Ja’afari has announced the end of the latest round of Syrian peace talks, while stressing that “state terrorism” is still being carried out against his country.

According to Press TV, Ja’affari said in the Swiss city on Friday “We have just concluded the last session with the UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, within the framework of the current Geneva round, which we agreed to call it the 6th round of Geneva.”

He added in reference to a US airstrike that targeted anti-Daesh forces in Syria on Thursday “We would like to remind the attendees that state terrorism is being practiced against our country.”

“The important thing is that our political ambition is higher because we want to focus on fighting terrorism represented by armed groups and the state and government terrorism happening against our country. This includes the American aggression, French aggression and British aggression, whether on civilian or military targets,” he added.

According to a Syrian government military source, the US strike killed several people and caused material damage.

The source said the attack hampered efforts by the Syrian army and its allies to fight Daesh terrorists who have been wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria for years.

Meanwhile, De Mistura also confirmed that the latest round of talks has come to an end, noting that there had only been “incremental progress” with no major discussions held on topics on the main agenda.

He expressed hope that talks would recommence in June, without giving any specific date.

The sixth round of the Syria peace talks began under the auspices of the United Nations in Geneva on Tuesday.

Since March 2011, Syria has been gripped by militancy it blames on some Western states and their regional allies that have long pushed for the ouster of the Damascus government.

Several rounds of peace talks have been held in Geneva and the Kazakh capital Astana.

The Astana talks, brokered by Iran, Russia and Turkey, have most recently produced a memorandum of understanding on de-escalation zones in Syria, sharply reducing fighting in the country.