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Iran foreign minister: Tripartite summit in Tehran meant to help restore peace, stability to Syria

Iran Press TV

Monday, 18 July 2022 4:03 PM

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says the goal of a tripartite summit, which will be held in the Iranian capital on Tuesday, is to help restore peace and stability to the war-torn Syria.

"The return of Syrian refugees to their homes and cities as well as facilitating establishment of peace, stability and security in Syria are among the main topics on the agenda of this tripartite summit," Amir-Abdollahian said on Monday.

Iran's top diplomat added that during his recent visit to Turkey and Syria, "I conveyed a message from [Iran's] President [Ebrahim Raeisi] and we tried to manage the current security crisis that is brewing between Turkey and Syria."

He pointed to Turkey's plans to launch military operations in a 30-kilometer-deep security zone on the Syrian side of the Turkish border and said, "We tried to settle this crisis and allay Turkey's security concern through the political path."

"Naturally, under the current sensitive circumstances, one of the issues on the agenda [of the Tehran summit] is that instead of resorting to war and [witnessing the subsequent] displacement of Syrian people, we can help solve this issue through political channels," the top Iranian diplomat added.

Tehran on Tuesday will host the 7th summit of the Astana peace talks on Syria in the presence of Iran's President Raeisi and his Russian and Turkish counterparts Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, respectively.

Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad is also scheduled to travel to Tehran on Tuesday.

Iran and Russia, as the allies of the Syrian government, and Turkey, which sides with the opposition, set up the Astana peace process in January 2017 to put an end to the Syrian conflict through the involvement of the Syrian government and the opposition.

The three countries have so far held 18 rounds of talks in the Kazakh capital, formerly called Astana. The last triple summit was held in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan in mid-June.

Participants at the 18th international summit on Syria in the Astana format have reaffirmed their strong commitment to Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and announced their firm opposition to Israeli's aggression and atrocities in the war-torn country.

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