Ankara’s Trilateral Summit Vows Syria’s Peace, Stability
The trilateral summit between the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey in Ankara brought up pledges of commitment to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and bring peace and stability to Syria.
In further details, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian and Turkish counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, "reaffirmed their determination to continue their active cooperation on Syria for the achievement of lasting ceasefire between the conflicting parties and advancement of the political process envisaged by UN Security Council Resolution 2254," said a joint statement issued at the end of their Wednesday meeting.
In the statement, Rouhani, Putin and Erdogan then stressed "strong and continued commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity, territorial integrity and non-sectarian character of Syria."
They also stressed that there could be "no military solution" to the Syrian conflict and that the conflict could be settled only through a "negotiated political process."
The presidents of the countries that act as guarantors of the Syria ceasefire, reaffirmed determination to continue cooperation to ultimately eliminate Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL' group], Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, and entities associated with al-Qaeda or Daesh as identified by the UN Security Council and underscored the success of their collective efforts in the fight against international terrorism.
They also underscored their joint determination to "speed up their efforts to ensure calm on the ground and protect civilians in the de-escalation areas as well as to facilitate rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to these areas" and emphasized that the creation of de-escalation areas was temporary as provided for by their agreement of May 4, 2017.
They further underlined that the Astana format had been the only effective international initiative that had helped reduce violence across Syria, contributed to peace and stability in Syria, and gave impetus to the Geneva process in order to find a lasting political solution to the Syrian conflict.
The three presidents decided to hold their next meeting in Iran.
The Wednesday meeting was the second tripartite summit under six months aimed at speeding the peace process in Syria.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team