News ID: 318912
Published: 0352 GMT December 22, 2021

Tehran to host next Astana summit in 2022

Tehran to host next Astana summit in 2022
YEVGENY BIYATOV/TASS

Senior Assistant to Iranian Foreign Minister for Special Political Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji

Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed to hold the next Astana format summit in Tehran in February or March 2022, depending on the coronavirus situation, Senior Assistant to Iranian Foreign Minister for Special Political Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji told TASS on Wednesday.

“Yes, it [the summit] is planned. We are preparing to hold it early next year. It will depend on the pandemic situation. But in general, we have agreed to hold the summit. Most likely, we will be able to hold it in February or March,” the Iranian diplomat said.

Khaji said the issue was on the agenda of talks in Nur-Sultan and will be reflected in a separate provision of the guarantor nations’ final statement.

When asked whether the summit will be preceded by a foreign ministers’ meeting, he replied: “Yes, we have agreed on the matter. It will be next year. In January or early February, we will hold a meeting of foreign ministers, and a summit will follow that.”

He also said that the next international Astana format meeting on Syria will be convened within a few weeks after the summit of Russia, Iran and Turkey.

At the end of the 17th Astana conference, Iran, Turkey, and Russia in a joint statement called for preserving Syrian territorial integrity, continued fight against terrorism and separatism, and also condemned Israeli attacks on the Arab country.

Delegations from Turkey, Russia and Iran met Tuesday and Wednesday in Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan for the two-day 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.

 

 

 

 

 

   
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