Bahram Qassemi

Iran to host tripartite expert-level meeting on Syria: FM Spokesman

Tasnim – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said diplomatic delegations from Iran, Russia, and Turkey are scheduled to meet in Tehran on August 8-9 in the framework of the Astana talks initiative to settle the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Tehran will play host to a meeting at the expert level on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the Syrian ceasefire and peace efforts in the framework of the Astana talks, Qassemi said at a press conference here in the Iranian capital on Monday.

Iranian, Russian and Turkish representatives will take part in the meeting.

He added that the sixth round of a higher-level trilateral meeting will also be convened in the last week of August.

On Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also said there will be a meeting in Tehran on Syria.

“With our Turkish colleague we discussed the situation with implementing agreements within the Astana process,” he said. “We discussed preparations for the next meeting of representatives of Russia, Turkey and Iran, which will take place in Tehran on August 8-9, and during which the discussion of further strengthening the regime of de-escalation zones will continue.”

The latest round of diplomatic talks for settling the Syrian crisis ended in the Kazakh city of Astana on July 6. The participants reached only partial agreement on de-escalation zones in the Arab country.

The agreement, initiated by Iran, Russia, and Turkey, also envisages creation of conditions for the delivery of medical assistance, restoration of damaged infrastructure, and return of displaced civilians to their homes.

The previous round of Astana talks in May had produced a memorandum of understanding on de-escalation zones in Syria, sharply reducing fighting in the country.