News ID: 318537
Published: 0822 GMT December 06, 2021

Iran voices readiness to host Astana Summit next year

Iran voices readiness to host Astana Summit next year

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Tehran is ready to host leaders of the Astana Summit dubbed 'Astana Peace Process' in 2022.

He made the announcement in a meeting in Tehran with visiting Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad on Monday.

Iran, Russia, and Turkey have been leading a peace process for Syria known as the Astana process, as the talks were originally held in Kazakhstan’s capital, Nur-Sultan, formerly called Astana.

So far 16 rounds of Astana talks have been held to find a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis. The 16th International Summit on Astana Peace Process was held in the Kazakhstan’s capital in July with the participation of delegations representing Russia, Iran and Turkey, the Syrian government and Syrian opposition. Representatives from the United Nations, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq also attended the meeting as observers.

According to Mehr News Agency, the Iranian and Syrian FMs during their Monday meeting in Tehran exchanged views on bilateral relations as well as major regional and international developments.

Amir-abdollahian referred to Tehran-Damascus strategic ties, stressing the need to focus on promoting trade and economic relations between the two capitals.

He also said that the exchange of various high-level delegations between Iran and Syria over the past few months, opening the first trade center of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Damascus and holding Iran Trade Fair in Syria last week were all indicative of Tehran’s determination to expand all-out relations with Damascus.

While condemning the Zionist regime's aggression against Syria, Iran’s top diplomat described military presence of foreign forces without permission of Syrian government as a reason for insecurity in the region, especially in Syria.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Amir-Abdollahian pointed to Astana Summit as the only effective current structure for resolving problems imposed on Syria.

The Syrian foreign minister, for his part, thanked unsparing and unflinching support of Iran for Syrian government and people.

Turning to the significance of relations between Tehran and Damascus, Faisal Mekdad termed the meeting between presidents of the two countries as a turning point in strengthening bilateral relations.

During the meeting, the two sides emphasized on drawing up a comprehensive strategic plan for long-term relations between the two countries.

   
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