Joint statement by Iran, Russia and Turkey on the International Meeting on Syria in Astana – 14-15 September 2017
Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs and Head of Iranian team at Astana talks Hossein Jaberi Ansari met Sedat Ünal on the first day of the sixth round of Astana talks on Syria and the two discussed latest developments in war-torn country.
A source said that the US and Russia are holding bilateral consultations on the sidelines of the Astana international meeting on Syria.
The sixth round of talks on Syria in Astana has kicked off with the participation of the Syrian Arab Republic delegation headed by Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari .
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.
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.”
The leaders of the BRICS countries affirmed their full support for Astana and Geneva paths on the crisis in Syria, calling for establishing a broad international counter-terrorism coalition.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced that the sixth round of the Astana meeting on the crisis in Syria will be held in the second half of September.
The agenda for the next round of Syria talks in the Kazakh capital Astana was determined in an Aug. 7 meeting in Tehran of the three guarantor countries — Turkey, Iran and Russia — amid expectations that the Astana conference will be held in the last week of August. What is expected from this meeting between the Syrian government and opposition representatives?