Russia sees Syrian talks in Astana as achievement for Moscow, Tehran and Ankara

IRNA – Russian Foreign Ministry deputy Sergey Ryabkov has said the talks on Syrian crises in the Kazakh capital is the outcome of the joint efforts by Moscow, Tehran and Ankara to put an end to the ongoing situation in Syria.

Talking to IRNA on the threshold of the Intra-Syrian talks which is to meet in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Jan 23, he said the outcomes of the convergences made among the three countries in topics related to the Syrian crisis is quite valuable.

He said that, during the upcoming meeting in the Kazakh capital, the three countries could consolidate and reinforce the agreements already reached on the issue.

Stressing the importance of the Astana talks, he noted after years of bloodshed in Syria, the parties involved in talks are coming together to explore ways to solve the problem.

The Russian official further underlined that the nuclear agreement signed by Iran and the 5+1 had certainly had a positive impact on regional situation including Syria and said the agreement was good not just for the Islamic Republic of Iran but all parties involved.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and North Africa Mikhail Bogdanov hailed the achievements made by Iran and Russia in their anti-terrorism campaign in Syria.

In an interview with IRNA, he stressed the positive outcomes of Tehran-Moscow convergence on Syria and said the two countries will continue with their real anti-terrorism combat in Syria.

An Iranian delegation arrived in Astana Saturday morning to take part in the talks which will also be attended by the representatives of the Syrian government, non-terrorist opposition groups and the United Nations.

The negotiations will be monitored by Iran, Russia and Turkey.

Conducting the Intra-Syria talks is one of the main articles of the final statement of the December 20 meeting held by foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey in the Russian capital.