Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Russia, Turkey and Iran to hold consultations on Syria with UN envoy

Russia, Turkey and Iran to hold consultations on Syria with UN envoy

According to the news agency SANA and local television, the guarantor States of the process (Russia, Iran and Turkey) also rejected the unilateral actions taken by some countries to settle the conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011.

Turkey has been opposing to the possible Syrian Kurds' participation in Astana peace talks.

The statement affirmed the continuation of combating terrorism in Syria until completely eliminating ISIL, Nusra Front and all other terrorist organizations affiliated to al-Qaeda or ISIL.

The parties plan to discuss the current situation in Syria, particularly in de-escalation zones, touch upon humanitarian issues and confidence-building measures, as well as to coordinate further steps to advance the peaceful settlement process.

The worldwide meeting on the settlement in Syria will be held in Astana on May 14-15.

In the past, the United States sent a delegation to the talks.

The Turkish delegation is chaired by the deputy undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry, Sedat Onal, while Alexander Lavrentiev, the Russian president's special envoy for Syria, leads his delegation; Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari heads the Iranian delegation.

The Turkish delegation is expected to hold a meeting later on Monday with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura regarding the establishment of a constitution committee.

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