Iran, Turkey, Russia stress support for an independent Syria

The three countries of Iran, Turkey, and Syria as guarantors of Astana Peace Talks issued a joint statement, calling on the Syrian Constitutional Committee to reach an agreement between parties to the war in Syria.

Turkey, Iran, and Russia urged the Syrian Constitutional Committee on Thursday to seek compromise and consensus among the sides to the decade-long war, Anadolu reported.

Following the consultations on the margins of the fifth meeting of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva, the three countries released a joint statement underlining their support for a sovereign, independent, and united Syria.

Welcoming the fifth meeting of the Committee in Geneva, the statement underlined that the body had been created by the Astana guarantor nations to support efforts for a political and peaceful solution to the fighting.

It also said that the Committee should work independently from “foreign interference” and aim to develop a consensus between its members to gather the broadest possible support among Syrians.

The next international meeting on Syria in the Astana format will take place in Sochi on Feb.16-17, 2021, the statement concluded.

The Astana peace process to end the Syrian conflict was launched in January 2017 by Turkey, Russia and Iran.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Syria have been killed and more than 10 million displaced since 2011, according to UN estimates.