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Iran: Any assistance to Syria must respect its national sovereignty

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Jul 9, 2021

Moscow, IRNA -- Iran's representative in the 16th round of talks on Syria, known as the Astana Process, Aliasghar Khaji stressed that any humanitarian aid to Syria must be through its government with respect to the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of this country.

At the end of the talks held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Khaji told the Russian news agency RIA Novosti that the main decision to resolve the Syrian issue should be made by the government and people of the country.

He noted that during the tripartite meeting on the final statement of the committee, Iran's views were consistent.

The Iranian official said everybody should remember that the participants are not in the talks "to make decisions" on Syrian issues but to offer their points of view to help the Syrian government and people to make the final decision.

The situation in Syria, the activities of the Syrian constitutional committee in Geneva, international aids and some measures such as the exchange of prisoners, the release of hostages were among the topics of the talks.

At the end of the 16th round of talks on Syria, known as the Astana Process, on Thursday, Iran, Russia, and Turkey announced in a joint statement that they will continue their cooperation until the complete eradication of the ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria.

The talks began in Nur-Sultan on July 7 with the participation of the Syrian government and the Syrian armed opposition groups began.

Delegations from Iran, Russia, and Turkey also participated in the Astana Process as guarantor states.

High representatives of the United Nations (UN), Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq were present as observers at the talks which aimed at stabilizing the war and political crisis in Syria.

The talks started in 2017, by Russia, Turkey and Iran, to provide an international forum for negotiation and consensus-building for the opposing factions in Syria.

In a joint statement issued on Thursday, the three countries called for full implementation of the agreements and maintaining stability in Idlib, IRNA reported.

According to the statement, Iran, Russia, and Turkey are determined to oppose separatist plans east of the Syrian Euphrates.


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