Astana Talks to Bring Back Lasting Peace to Syria: Iranian Diplomat

Hossein Jaberi Ansari

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari says the forthcoming Syria peace talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana are aimed at finding possible ways to establish sustainable peace in the conflict-stricken state and put an end to its nearly six-year crisis.

Jaberi Ansari, who is heading the Iranian delegation to the Syria peace talks, told IRIB on Saturday that “the aim of this visit is to attend the Syria peace negotiations in the Kazakh capital of Astana with the purpose of [enforcing] a lasting ceasefire in Syria and preparing the ground for serious talks about sustainable peace between the Syrian government and the opposition groups.”

He added that Iran would participate in the Astana talks “with full readiness.”

The two-day talks, mediated by Iran, Russia, and Turkey, are to involve the representatives of the Syrian government and opposition to discuss a potential solution to the conflict in Syria. The negotiations will start on Monday.

The negotiations exclude the ISIS and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist groups, Press TV reported.

The Iranian diplomat said the Islamic Republic has always emphasized that the Syrian crisis has no military solution and “must be solved through peaceful means and political and serious talks.”

“The continuation of the Syrian crisis will have no result but the killing [of people] and the destruction of a Muslim country,” he added.

He expressed hope that the Astana talks will be a watershed in resolving the Syrian conflict.

The Astana talks will be addressing issues such as the further stabilization of the all-Syria ceasefire, effective confrontation with terrorism, and intra-Syrian dialog toward the achievement of a political solution to the crisis.

Iran’s Delegation to Astana Holds Talks with Russians and Turks

The Iranian delegation held separate meetings with the Russian and Turkish teams there on Saturday.

The Iranian and Turkish delegations, led by deputy foreign ministers of the two countries, held talks at Astana’s Marriott Hotel on Saturday, according to IRIB.

The unofficial bilateral talks followed a same meeting between Iranian and Russian diplomats.

The peace negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition will be held on January 23 and 24.

Jaberi Ansari has announced that Tehran will pursue a four-point plan that it had put forward earlier, entailing preservation of Syria’s territorial integrity, Tasnim reported.

The proposal includes plans to safeguard Syria’s territorial integrity and national sovereignty and put all issues to the vote of the Syrian people, he noted, saying Iran will pursue the same plan in the Astana talks.

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