From sunset on Eid al-Adha, one of the most celebrated holidays in the Muslim calendar, a truce began in Syria.
The truce between the government and the opposition will be observed for 10 days while negotiations carry on with the US and Russia, with the UN acting as an observer.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov agreed on this 10-day ceasefire in Geneva on Friday September 9.
Interestingly, despite many countries being involved in the Syrian war, none have been invited to the talks in Geneva despite their significant influence on the frontlines.
Iran is one of those countries. For its part, it cautiously welcomed the ceasefire on Sunday September 11 but also expressed concern and doubt regarding the truce.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi said that the ceasefire should not be used as an opportunity to regroup or organize arms transfers to terrorist groups.
Doubts about the truce
The Syria peace talks need negotiations which include all parties affiliated with the conflict – all parties should be heardCamelia Entekhabi-Fard