Senior Assistant to Iran’s Foreign Minister in Special Political Affairs Ali-Asghar Khaji has held talks with Khawla Matar, the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria.
The Thursday meeting was held on the sidelines of the 13th meeting of Astana process in the Kazakh capital of Nur-Sultan.
During the meeting, Khaji highlighted the efforts made during the past months within the framework of the Astana Process to form Syria’s Constitutional Committee, and underlined the need for supporting the process until the achievement of desired results.
He also stressed the efforts made within the framework of the working group tasked with exchanging the detainees and abductees
He also highlighted the success of the fourth round of exchanges that took place in Syria on Wednesday, stressing the necessity for the return of the displaced to their country.
Earlier, Khaji held talks with the heads of the Lebanese and Iraqi teams, who had for the first time taken part in the Astana process negotiations as observers.
Pointing to the fact that Lebanon and Iraq are neighbours of Syria and are affected by the Syrian crisis, particularly in terms of security and displaced persons, Khaji said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has been calling for Lebanon and Iraq’s membership in the Astana process since the beginning of the process.”
Heads of the Iraqi and Lebanese delegations also applauded the Islamic Republic of Iran’s role in assisting their nations in the fight against terrorism as well as its efforts to help the displaced return home and to pave the way for Iraq and Lebanon to get involved in the Astana process.