The last United States ambassador to Syria Robert Ford said that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has won, that Iran is likely to stay in Syria, and that “this is the new reality that we have to accept, and there isn’t much we can do about it,” in an interview Monday.
‘Ambassador of Russia Mr. Levan Dzhagaryan at the Embassy met with the UN General_Secretary Special Envoy on Syria Mr. S. de_Mistura,’ Russian Embassy announced in a Monday Twitter message.
Russia’s newly appointed ambassador to Ankara Alexei Yerkhov said that Turkey is an important partner of Russia in solving the Syrian crisis and increasing the trade volume between two countries to $100 billion is a “possible goal.”
Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei stated that Astana talks on the Syrian settlement show an example of successful cooperation between Russia and Iran.
Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) has provided a written reply to the proposal of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on creation of a consultative mechanism for constitutional matters, criticizing almost every point of the envoy’s paper and requiring clarifications.
Steps are being taken to consolidate a three-month ceasefire in Syria throughout the country despite increasing violations, Turkey’s Ambassador to Russia Huseyin Dirioz said Monday.
The Damascus Platform is about to invite an independent delegation of Syrian opposition forces and civil society members to the next round of the Syrian reconciliation talks in Geneva, the platform said in a statement.
The authorities of Qatar expressed their interest in joining talks in Kazakhstan’s Astana on the inter-Syrian settlement. Doha shares Moscow’s stance that it is only up to the people in Syria to decide on the country’s future president, Russian Ambassador to Qatar Nurmakhmad Kholov said.