Syria peace talks start in Astana

Representatives of the Syria regime and rebel groups sat at the same round table

ASTANA - Peace talks gathering the Syrian regime and rebel groups began Monday in the Kazakh capital Astana, although rebels said they would not negotiate face-to-face with the government in the talks' first session.
Representatives of the Syria regime and rebel groups sat at the same round table as Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov delivered an opening speech, an AFP correspondent saw.