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Astana 16: the guarantor countries call on the Syrian Constitutional Committee to meet quickly


AA / Nursoultan

The states guarantors of the Astana process on Syria stressed that the sixth meeting of the Syrian Constitutional Committee should be held in Geneva, Switzerland, as soon as possible.

The guarantor countries, which are Turkey, Russia and Iran, issued a joint statement on Thursday following the end of the main session of the Astana 16 talks in the Kazakh capital, Nursultan.

The statement underlines that Russia, Turkey and Iran have renewed their commitment to the territorial integrity of Syria.

The guarantor states underscored continued cooperation against separatist patterns that threaten Syria’s sovereignty and the national security of neighboring countries.

The talks began at 7:00 am Turkish time (+ 3:00 GMT) on Wednesday, with bilateral and trilateral meetings between the various delegations.

The talks focused on the situation in Syria, the delivery of humanitarian aid, the resumption of meetings of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva, the exchange of prisoners, the release of hostages and the search for missing persons.

The Turkish delegation is chaired by the head of the Syrian department at the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Selçuk Ünal, while the Russian delegation is headed by the special envoy of the Russian president to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, and that of the Iran by Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Asghar Haji.

In addition, the Syrian opposition delegation is headed by Ahmed Toôma and that of the regime is chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister Ayman Susan.

The UN special envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen, as well as the delegations of the participating countries as observers, namely Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, are also participating in the talks.

The Astana talks on Syria were launched in 2017, under the aegis of the three guarantor countries, Turkey, Russia and Iran, in order to find a solution to the Syrian crisis.

* Translated from Arabic by Malèk Jomni

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