TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry, which recently hosted the expert meeting of Astana conference on Syria, stressed the need for effective and inclusive fight against terrorism and efforts to find a way to end the Syrian crisis.
“In the framework of the International Meeting on Syria (Astana Process), Tehran hosted the Expert Meeting and the meetings of the Joint Group by the three Guarantor States, on April 18-19, 2017,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
“In Tehran meetings, delegations of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Turkish Republic discussed the draft documents proposed to the three parties, including documents pertaining to the ceasefire regime (declared on 30 December 2016 in Syria) and its implementation, exchange of detainees and abductees. A delegation of experts from the United Nations joined the trilateral meetings as observers, bringing in invaluable expertise and technical assistance,” it added.
“The Tehran meeting was held in preparation for the 4th International meeting on Syria, due in Astana on May 3-4, 2017. All delegations agreed to hold next expert-level meeting prior to the high-level meeting on May 2nd,” the statement said.
“Reaffirming the necessity of dealing with all aspects of the Syrian crisis- at the same time_ military aspect and combat against terrorism, finding a political solution through intra-Syrian agreements and the humanitarian aspect_ the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its hope that the Astana Process and other international efforts would bring an end to the Syrian conflict as soon as possible and pave the way for an effective and inclusive combat against terrorism which is a demand of the international community,” it concluded.
Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said on Tuesday that the countries acting as the guarantors of the Syrian ceasefire began holding talks on the participation of the Syrian armed opposition in the international meeting in Astana.
“The issue of the Syrian armed opposition’s participation is within the competence of the guarantor countries. During the previous rounds of the negotiations, Turkey did its utmost to make sure that the armed opposition groups take part in the talks here,” Abdrakhmanov noted.
Abdrakhmanov recalled that during one of the rounds Jordan was represented as an observer and also ensured the participation of the Syrian armed groups located in Southern Syria, closer to the border with Jordan in the Astana talks.
“This fact shows that all parties interested in resolving this conflict by peaceful means are making vigorous efforts to persuade the Syrian armed opposition, firstly, to join the ceasefire and, secondly, to take part in the Astana process,” he underscored.
Kazakhstan’s top diplomat also noted the consolidation of stances of all the parties concerned to strengthen both the Geneva and Astana negotiation processes.
“The consolidation of the positions of all parties concerned is underway on the need to strengthen both the Geneva political settlement process and the Astana platform where the cessation of hostilities is discussed,” Abdrahmanov noted.
He added that Kazakhstan is getting ready to hold an international meeting in Astana on the situation in Syria.
“A meeting of the guarantor countries is to take place in Tehran one of these days. After it we will be briefed on the next steps by the guarantor countries as part of the Astana process. Anyway, as planned, on May 3-4, we are getting ready for the next meeting within the framework of the Astana process,” the top diplomat said.