UN envoy: Warring Syria sides move forward in talks

The United Nations special envoy on Syria said Saturday that the third round of peace talks ended in Geneva with all delegates showing a "respectful tone" that would enable the finding of an agenda for the next meeting later this year. "When we have an agreement on the agenda, we will also then set an exact date for when we meet again," said Geir Pedersen, speaking to journalists at the UN in Geneva.

Meanwhile, opposition co-chair of the talks Hadi al-Bahra said he hoped they would be in late September or early October.

His news conference followed four-days of talks delayed by some delegates testing positive for the COVID-19 virus on the first day, Monday.

The previous round of talks in Geneva late last year had failed due to a failure to agree on the agenda between the Syrian regime side and the opposition.

Pedersen said that he is still trying to build trust between the sides after nearly 10 years of war.

"I was extremely pleased to hear the two co-chairs saying very clearly that they thought also there were quite a few areas of commonalities.

"And what I'm looking forward to is hopefully then when we meet a