A meeting of the BRICS foreign ministers announced its strong support for the Geneva and Astana peace talks on settling the Syrian conflict and welcomed the establishment of de-escalation areas in the Arab republic, a statement made Monday, following the activities and results of the recent meetings, showed.
A fresh round of UN-sponsored Syria peace talks will begin on July 10 in Geneva, the UN envoy said Saturday.
The Astana talks on Syria are extremely important and useful for the cessation of hostilities in the country, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said during a joint press conference with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende in Oslo.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that the next round of talks on Syria in Kazakh capital, Astana, is scheduled for July 4-5.
The office of the UN envoy on Syria has confirmed that Syrian opposition envoys will convene in Geneva later this week to discuss the country’s future constitution.
Backing opposing sides in the Syrian conflict, Iran and Turkey are now in a “better position” vis-à-vis the creation of de-escalation zones in the embattled country, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
Iranian foreign minister says the Astana Talks, an initiative by Iran, Russia, and Turkey to help settle the six-year crisis in Syria, has so far been the only fruitful process to restore peace to the war-torn country.
Syrian peace talks backed by Russia, Turkey, and Iran scheduled to take place in Astana June 12-13 have been postponed, Kazakhstan’s foreign ministry said, as key players wrangle over the future of fragile safe zones in the war-torn country.
Jordan is intensifying diplomatic efforts to help forge an agreement between the United States and Russia to establish a safe or de-escalation zone in southern Syria. Jordan hopes to prevent the vast Syrian Badia area, which extends along Jordan’s northern borders with Syria, from turning into a battlefield involving US-led coalition forces and rebel allies on the one hand, and regime and Iran-backed militias on the other.