US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov met to discuss defeating the Islamic State terrorist group (also referred to as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh in Arabic) in Syria and reaffirmed their commitment to the Geneva peace process, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said.
“The two also discussed the defeat of ISIS in Syria and the United States’ continued commitment to the Geneva talks as the best path toward a political solution to the conflict,” Nauert said after the meeting.
Also, Antonov transferred to the US Secretary of State the statement adopted by the Russian Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) on the Iranian nuclear deal.
“The ambassador passed on to the secretary of state a copy of the Federation Council’s address to the parliaments of the United States, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and to the European Parliament on the danger of the United States withdrawing from the agreement on the Iranian nuclear deal,” Lakhonin said in a statement.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari and Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev in a meeting in Astana discussed the latest developments of Syria. Continue reading
Astana-format talks bring together three ceasefire guarantor states — Russia, Turkey and Iran — as well as the Syrian sides (the government and the opposition), the United Nations team and two observer states — Jordan and the United States. Continue reading
Leaders of 11 armed groups of moderate opposition from the Eastern Kalamun region, in southwestern Syria’s Rif Dimashq Governorate, have agreed to arrive in Damascus on Sunday to discuss truce with the government, a TASS correspondent reported. Continue reading
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri has paid a visit to Syria for high-profile military and political meetings and coordination of efforts in the fight against terrorism. Continue reading
The United Nations envoy for Syria and the EU foreign affairs commissioner warned that the Geneva talks on a political agreement to end the conflict must resume to ensure that the country does not end up partitioned. Continue reading
Senior American and Russian military leaders met for an unprecedented, face-to-face session somewhere in the Middle East this week to discuss the growing tensions in the competing battles to retake one of the remaining Islamic State strongholds in Syria.
China’s Special Envoy for Syria Xie Xiaoyan and Russian Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov discussed political settlement in Syria as well as counter-terrorism efforts.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met Syrian politicians and public figures on Tuesday. The two sides discussed ways to resolve the Syrian crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.