Russian, Iranian, Turkish ministers meet, discuss Syria's stability
A meeting in the Astana format focused on Syria's stability was held between the Russian, Iranian, and Turkish foreign ministers on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
A trilateral ministerial meeting in the Astana format was held in New York on the sidelines of the high-level week of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, which was attended by the Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Iran, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed during the meeting Syria's current situation in general and stability in particular, a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"A detailed exchange of views took place on the current situation in Syria and around it, with an emphasis on the need to achieve a strong stabilization on the ground, peace and security based on the restoration of the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic," the ministry said.
The Astana peace process was launched in 2017 in an effort to restore stability and peace in war-torn Syria.
On July 19, a trilateral meeting was held in Tehran between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.
During the meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that relations between the two countries have been developing at a good pace whilst making significant contributions to peace settlements in Syria, in addition to bilateral trade being at record highs.
Moreover, President Raisi said that Turkey and Iran reiterate their support for Syria's territorial integrity, adding that “cooperation between the two countries can play a major role in preserving regional and international security and stability."
The final statement stated that the guarantor states renewed their "firm commitment to the sovereignty, integrity and territorial integrity of Syria," stressing their "determination to continue working to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations."
The countries affirmed that they "stand against separatist agendas aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria," condemning the "terrorist attacks targeting civilian facilities in Syria."
The final statement stressed the need to continue continuous cooperation in order to eliminate ISIS and Al-Nusra terrorists and the groups associated with them.