Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed that Moscow pays special attention to resolve the crisis in Syria and relies on success of the new round of Astana talks.
The United Nations chief has commented on the liberation of Deir ez-Zor by the Syrian army with its allies. The liberation of Syria’s Deir ez-Zor is important, but terrorism will not be eliminated in Syria by these operations alone said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Russia is preparing to send more than 4,000 tons of materials and over 40 pieces of construction equipment to Syria to help the war-torn country in its multibillion-dollar reconstruction effort.
The Syrian President Bashar Assad has held talks with the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu in Damascus. The two sides discussed military cooperation and joint actions against jihadists in Syria.
Meetings of the Working Group of ceasefire guarantor states, Russia, Turkey and Iran, opened the sixth round of Syrian settlement talks in Astana.
The sixth round of talks on Syria in Astana has kicked off with meetings of the Working Group of ceasefire guarantor states, Russia, Turkey and Iran, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Wednesday.
The Working Group is made up of experts from the three states. In the morning, bilateral meetings in a closed format are taking place. In the afternoon, experts from the UN team are expected to join the technical discussions.
Expert consultations will be succeeded by high-level meetings on Thursday and Friday.
A previous round of Astana talks was held in July.
The sixth round of Astana talks on the Syrian settlement is expected to be successful, with a whole package of documents signed, including an agreement on the de-escalation zone in Idlib, a source close to the talks told Sputnik Wednesday.
“This Astana meeting is widely expected to be a huge success, to finalize the whole Astana process since January. A lot of work has been done at the expert level and the highest political level, to reach a final agreement on the whole package of documents, on all de-escalation zones, including the one in Idlib, on their borders, monitoring etc. There are all the prerequisites for it,” the source said.
According to the source, if this round is a success and all agreements are reached, “then you only need a political agreement as the next step.”
Syrian state news says the government has signed a contract to import Iranian power plants for the country’s war-battered city of Aleppo, an early sign of the major role Tehran is expected to play in Syria’s reconstruction.
Israeli ministers are concerned over new Iranian military bases being installed in Syria. Officials in Tel Aviv have previously been hawkish about Iran and Hezbollah setting up military bases, saying that Israel would intervene if the military ceasefire failed to block its arch-rivals from constructing permanent military bases in Syria.
The city of Aleppo, which had long been one of the most severe battlefields as government forces struggled against opposition factions and terrorist groups, was completely liberated by Damascus troops in December 2016. Western areas of the Aleppo province are part of one of the de-escalation zones that were established in May during the talks on the Syrian settlement in the Kazakh capital of Astana.
The delegation of the Syrian armed opposition will take part in the negotiations in Astana Process on September 14-15.
“Yes, the delegation will take part in the meetings on Thursday and Friday. Akhmed Berry will chair the delegation, head of general command of the Syrian liberate army,” said Yahya al-Aridi, representative of the oppositional High committee on negotiations.
Iran, Russia and Turkey as the guarantor states, representatives from Syrian government and the country’s opposition, Kazakhstan as the host country, United Nations and observer countries will participate in the negotiation process.