Putin envoy meets Iran officials for Syria talks

The Russian envoy's visit to Tehran came as dozens of buses began entering the last rebel-held parts of Aleppo to resume the evacuation of thousands of trapped civilians and rebelsRussian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy to Syria made a previously unannounced visit to Iran on Sunday for talks with top officials on the Syrian conflict. “The liberation of Aleppo (north of Damascus) was the result of the initiative by Iran, Russia and Syria and the resistance front” of Lebanon’s Shiite group Hezbollah, said Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, in his meeting with the envoy, Alexander Lavrentiev.

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