"The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the Astana format ... strongly condemned the decision of the US administration to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, which constitutes a grave violation of international law, particularly the UN Security Council Resolution 497, and threatens peace and security in the Middle East," the statement on the 12th round of the Astana talks read, Sputnik reported.
The Syrian guarantor states also reaffirmed their commitment to the earlier reached agreements on the Syrian province of Idlib, including those on joint patrols and the Joint Coordination Center.
"[The guarantor states] reviewed in detail the situation in the Idlib de-escalation area, welcomed steps taken in order to implement the memorandum of September 17, 2018 and reaffirmed the determination to fully implement the agreements on stabilization in Idlib, including the coordinated patrols and effective functioning of the Joint Iranian-Russian-Turkish Coordination Center," the statement said.
The countries also expressed concern over attempts by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group to boost its presence in Idlib.
The next Astana format talks are unlikely to be held earlier than June, Aidarbek Tumatov, the director of the Asia and Africa Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, said.
The 12th round of Syria peace talks was attended by delegations from the Syrian government, the opposition, Russia, Iran, and Turkey.
The talks was also attended by a delegation from Jordan as an observer, and representatives of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross. UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen also took part in the talks.
Since March 2011, fighting in Syria has killed an estimated 465,000 people, injured more than one million, and forced about 12 million people – or half the country’s prewar population – from their homes.