The top negotiators of the three guarantor states of the Astana Process – Iran, Turkey, and Russia – have held a trilateral meeting on Sunday, September 15, 2019.
The meeting was attended by Ali-Asghar Khaji, a senior assistant to Iranian Foreign Minister on special political affairs; Alexander Lavrentiev, the Russian president’s special envoy for Syria; and Sedat Onal, a deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey, and the delegations accompanying them.
In the meeting, the Iranian, Turkish, and Russian negotiators reviewed and finalized the draft version of the final statement of a meeting of the leaders of the three guarantor states, which is to be held in Ankara on Monday.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a trilateral summit on Syria in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Monday.
Iran, Russia and Turkey are guarantor countries that brokered a ceasefire in Syria in December 2016, leading to the Astana talks, which are running parallel to the Geneva peace talks.
The leaders of the three countries regularly meet for an assessment of the process which focused on Idlib and adjacent areas – the last stronghold of the rebels – and a political process which awaits the formation of a constitutional committee.