Russia and Saudi Arabia may coordinate bilateral efforts in a bid to help resolve the Syrian crisis, Muhammed al-Zalfa, a former member of Saudi Arabia’s Consultative Assembly said.
Expert-level meetings between Iran, Russia, and Turkey came to an end in Tehran with a press release on the preparations that have been made for the next round of Syria peace negotiations in the Kazakh city of Astana.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have emphasized the need to strengthen the Syrian ceasefire during Tuesday’s telephone conversation, the Kremlin press service said in a statement.
President Donald Trump’s plans for Syria have come into clearer view since he ordered cruise missiles fired on a Syrian air base to punish Assad for a chemical weapons attack. The strategy breaks down into three basic phases: defeating the Islamic State group, restoring stability in Syria region-by-region and securing a political transition in which Assad ultimately steps down.
It is too early to set up a special body on the development of a new Syrian constitution, but preliminary discussions could start as early as at the next round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said.
Russia expects to hold trilateral talks focusing on the Syria conflict in Geneva with representatives of the United States and the United Nations on April 24, state media reports.
The Trump administration’s Syria policy continues to evolve in remarkable, even head-spinning ways. In the past two weeks alone, President Donald Trump has pivoted from resolutely opposing U.S. military intervention to ordering missile strikes, and from acceptance of Syrian President Bashar Assad remaining in power to a renewed focus on getting rid of him.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday after holding talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that some progress had been made on Syria and that a working group would be set up to examine the poor state of U.S.-Russia ties.
The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov are to hold talks in Moscow today.