The EU’s foreign policy chief said on Oct. 16 the bloc would strengthen cooperation with Turkey on issues “related to regional dynamics.” Continue reading
A first convoy of the military operation that Turkey is carrying out in Syria’s Idlib province crossed into the area late on Thursday, two rebels and a witness said, according to Reuters. Continue reading
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday one cannot separate the incidents taking place in Syria and Iraq from Turkey since what happens in the neighboring countries makes an impact domestically.
Conditions have been created in Syria allowing for the end of the war, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the TV channel Russia-24 reports.
The Turkish parliament on Saturday approved a motion to extend a mandate, authorizing military operations in Syria and Iraq for one year, in the light of a scheduled referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, which Ankara strongly opposes, according to the voting results. Continue reading
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.
Four states may join the Syrian peace process initiated by Russia, Turkey and Iran as the Astana talks are currently underway with the creation of a safe zone in Idlib on the agenda.
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.”