Iran, Russia, Turkey FMs discuss Syrian peace process at sidelines of UNGA 77 session
Iran, Russia, and Turkey at the sidelines of the UNGA 77 session have held a trilateral meeting on Syria in the Astana Format amid ongoing diplomatic efforts to find a political solution to the crisis bedeviling the Arab country.
The joint meeting was held on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday and attended by Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Press TV reported.
UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen was also present at the talks, which took place at the Turkish Embassy, near the UN headquarters.
Speaking at the event, Amir-Abdollahian reiterated that there is no military solution to the Syrian crisis, adding that the conflict must be resolved peacefully and in accordance with the principles of international law.
He also emphasized that the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Syria, the end of the occupation, and full respect for the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are essential prerequisites for achieving this goal.
The top Iranian diplomat further highlighted the need for the removal of sanctions on Syria and increased humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, given the negative impact of sanctions on ordinary people and the economic situation in the country.
At the end of the summit, the foreign ministers once again reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Syria.
Iran and Russia, as the allies of the Syrian government, as well as Turkey, which sides with the opposition, set up the Astana peace process in January 2017 intending to put an end to the Syrian conflict through the involvement of the Syrian government and the opposition.
Back in July, a trilateral meeting was held between Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Iranian capital.