Rouhani visits Ankara for Syria talks
Iranian President is to visit Ankara next week so as to hold the second round of talks with his Russian and Turkish counterparts about the latest developments in Syria.
Publish date : Monday 2 April 2018 10:14
Hassan Rouhani leaves Tehran for Ankara on Tuesday at the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Iranian president's deputy chief of staff for communications and information, Parviz Esmaeili, said on Saturday.
He added that the Iranian president would deliver a speech at the trilateral summit and hold separate meetings with Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss ways to develop regional and international cooperation.
The Iranian, Russian and Turkish presidents held a trilateral meeting on the Syrian crisis in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in November 2017.
Rouhani lauded the defeat of the Daesh terror group in Iraq and Syria, but underlined the need for continued battle against terrorism until the eradication of all Takfiri terrorist outfits in Syria.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian and Turkish counterparts, Sergei Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu, convened in the Kazakh capital of Astana earlier this month and discussed the situation in Syria.
They reaffirmed the three countries' strong commitment to Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Astana peace talks, which have usually involved delegations from the Syrian government and opposition, began in January 2017 with the mediation of Russia and Iran, two Syria's allies, as well as Turkey, which backs several armed opposition groups operating against Damascus. Together, the three countries have been acting as guarantor states for the peace process.
The Astana process came after the guarantor states helped bring a ceasefire to Syria’s second city of Aleppo, and then to the entire Arab country, which has been witnessing foreign-backed militancy since 2011.
It resulted in the establishment of four de-escalation zones across Syria in mid-September last year, and was hailed by the United Nations for its contribution to a parallel process, which the world body has been mediating between Damascus and the opposition in Geneva.