Iranian, Russian, Turkish Foreign Ministers met in Turkey's Antalya on Syria

by The Region    


The trilateral talks between the foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Sergey Lavrov, started in the Turkish resort city of Antalya on Sunday.

The ministers are discussing the settlement of the Syrian crisis, taking into consideration the activities in line with the Astana process. The talks are aimed at preparing for the upcoming high-level negotiations between the countries on November 22 in the Russian city of Sochi.

"We have gathered to exchange opinions on concrete details of the preparation for the summit of our countries' presidents, which is scheduled to take place on November 22 in Sochi. The work was very useful, we have agreed on all key issues and will report to the president on our assessment of how to move further, strengthen the Astana process, which should create the most favorable conditions so that the Geneva process finally acquires some effective tools to solve the tasks set by the UNSC resolution 2254," Lavrov said after the ministerial meeting in the Turkish resort city of Antalya.

The foreign minister added that the defence ministries of the three ceasefire guarantor states had been also in contact ahead of the presidents' meeting, discussing interaction in Syria's de-escalation zones.

Commenting on whether the participation of Kurds in the future Syrian national dialogue congress was discussed during the meeting, Lavrov said that all issues were discussed, but refused to go into details.