News ID: 318896
Published: 0423 GMT December 21, 2021

Russia, Iran, Turkey see no alternative to Syrian Constitutional Committee: Russian envoy

Russia, Iran, Turkey see no alternative to Syrian Constitutional Committee: Russian envoy

Turkish, Russian and Iranian delegations meet at the Astana talks on Syria in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, on Dec. 21, 2021.

The guarantors of the Astana process (Russia, Iran and Turkey) see no alternatives to the Syrian Constitutional Committee and are determined to furnish all-round support for its activities, Russia’s special presidential representative for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, said after bilateral consultations with Turkish and Iranian delegations on Tuesday.

“It is most important that all three guarantor countries support this process and see no alternatives to the constitutional committee in Geneva. All sides will furnish comprehensive support for its activities,” he said, according to TASS.

Delegations from Turkey, Russia and Iran met Tuesday in Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan for the two-day 17th meeting of the Astana process that aims to find a solution to the crisis in Syria.

The Astana meeting was initiated by Turkey, Iran and Russia to bring the warring sides in Syria together to find a permanent solution to the decade-long war. The main agenda items have been the constitutional system, political transition, security and resettlement. The first Astana meeting was held in Turkey in January 2017 to facilitate UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva.

Lavrentiev said that the three countries discussed some concrete measures to maintain a ceasefire in Syria.

“We held talks with the Turkish delegation, and prior to that, we negotiated with the Iranian side. We addressed all issues in a very constructive manner,” the Russian envoy stated.

As Lavrentiev mentioned, the sides focused on stabilizing the situation in Syria to reach a ceasefire. “This refers both to Idlib and the south, including the Syrian-Turkish border in the north, where the clashes have recently intensified,” the diplomat said.







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