UN Envoy Welcomes Iran-Russia-Turkey Statement on Syria

Staffan de Mistura

The United Nations’ Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura welcomed the joint statement of the tripartite meeting between Iran, Russia, and Turkey, saying that it is useful for resuming the inter-Syrian dialogue in Geneva in February.

“I welcome the joint statement and find it helpful in promoting the resumption of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva on 8th of February,” de Mistura told Sputnik on Wednesday, commenting on the statement issued by the sides following the talks in Moscow on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, foreign and defence ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey met in Moscow to discuss the situation in Syria, including Aleppo.

The countries agreed on a joint statement on the revival of the political process to end the conflict in Syria. The document confirmed the respect of the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria as a multi-ethnic, multi-religious, democratic and secular state.

The ministers also noted the importance of extending the ceasefire and voiced their willingness to become guarantors of the forthcoming agreement between Damascus and the opposition.

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