Top diplomats seek common ground on Syria in Vienna talks

US A-10 ground-attack planes, known for their ability to destroy tanks, are being deployed in Syria and IraqKey players in the diplomatic push to end the Syrian war were to meet in Vienna Thursday, seeking common ground over a political transition, ahead of Iran’s first-time appearance at international talks on the conflict. Top diplomats from Russia, the United States, Saudi Arabia and Turkey will hold the second round of talks on Syria in less than a week, ahead of the larger meeting of regional players, including Iran, on Friday. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will join representatives from Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon and the European Union as the international community seeks to end more than four years of bloodshed.

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