Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari,along with the heads of Russian and Turkish delegations to 7th round of Astana Talks on Syria, havediscussed future of the talks with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
During the Tuesday meeting, the Kazakh President referred to his country’s efforts to advance Astana Talks on Syria, and expressed his views on the future of the process.
Then, Iran’s Jaberi Ansari, Russia’s Alexander Lavrentievand Turkey’s Sedat Önal, as well as representatives from the United Nations, Jordan and the United States as the observer states, expressed their views on the Astana Process and its future.
Jaberi Ansari appreciated the positive role of Kazakhstan in hosting the negotiations, and emphasized that the Astana Talks, with the collaboration of the three guarantor states, have produced positive results in creation of de-escalation zones, and stabilizing the process of effective confrontation with terrorism.
The Iranian diplomat also added that the continuation of this success requires simultaneous attention to all three military, security-political and humanitarian dimensions of the Syrian crisis.
At the end of the 7th round of talks, the three guarantor states issued a joint statement whose full text follows:
Joint statement by Iran, Russia and Turkey
on the International Meeting on Syria in Astana
The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic:
- welcoming progress in the implementation of the Memorandum on the creation of de-escalation areas in the Syrian Arab Republic of 4 May 2017 during the past six months;
- reaffirming their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic;
- emphasizing the significant reduction of violence on the ground in Syria as a result of measures taken to strengthen and maintain the ceasefire regime, including launching the de-escalation areas and creating the security zones:
- Emphasize progress in the fight against terrorism and elimination of DAESH/ISIL, Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaeda or DAESH/ISIL as a result of the launch of the de-escalation areas and reaffirm their determination to take all necessary measures to continue the fight against them within and outside the de-escalation areas.
- Underline that the Syrian crisis has no military solution and should be solved only through the political process on the basis of the implementation of UNSC resolution 2254 (2015) and call upon the conflicting parties to benefit from the emerging favorable conditions on the ground with a view to stepping up efforts to advance the political process underway in Geneva.
- Agree to discuss in consistence with the UN-led Geneva process the Russian Federation`s proposal to convene a Congress of the national dialogue about which the Russian side shared information with the guarantors.
- Emphasize the need for the conflicting parties to take confidence‑building measures, including the release of detainees/abductees and the handover of the bodies as well as identification of missing persons, to create better conditions for political process and lasting ceasefire.
- Underline the necessity to further increase the international humanitarian aid to Syria, to provide rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to all those in need and in this regard remind of the relevant provisions of the Memorandum of 4 of May 2017.
- Reaffirm their determination to continue implementing the provisions of the Memorandum of 4 May 2017 and other decisions adopted earlier within the framework of the Astana process.
- Express their sincere gratitude to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, His Excellency Nursultan Nazarbayev and the Kazakh authorities for hosting in Astana the 7th high-level International Meeting on Syria.
- Decide to hold the next high-level International Meeting on Syria in Astana in the second half of December 2017.