15 May، 2018
Astana platform’s Guarantor States (Russia, Iran and Turkey) affirmed their firm commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and called for the need to avoid all steps that would prejudice these principles and undermine the achievements of Astana process.
In a joint statement at the conclusion of the ninth round of Astana talks on Tuesday, the Guarantor States expressed their readiness to continue common efforts to promote the political process in Syria based on the UN Security Council Resolution no. 2254 through supporting the implementation of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress of Sochi and holding joint consultations on a regular basis for their representatives with the UN Special Envoy to Syria and the Syrian parties.
The statement affirmed the continuation of combating terrorism in Syria until completely eliminating Daesh (ISIS), Jabhat al-Nusra and all other terrorist organizations affiliated to al-Qaeda or Daesh.
The Guarantor States stressed the importance of implementing the De-Escalation Zzones Agreement in Syria, which played a pivotal role in maintaining the cessation of hostilities, describing the Agreement as a temporary measure that cannot violate the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria.
The statement affirmed the need to enhance efforts to provide aid to all Syrians in the field of restoring their normal and peaceful life and that the achievement of this goal is ensured by the rapid and safe delivery of humanitarian assistance without obstacles.
The three countries also agreed to hold later two meetings of the working group; one in Ankara next June on the release of the kidnapped and the detainees as well as searching for the missing persons and the other is scheduled to be a high-level international meeting on Syria in July in the Russian city of Sochi.
Manar Alfreih/ R. Milhem
Statement by Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari at end of Astana ninth meeting
Astana 9 on Syria new phase after ending presence of terrorism on most Syrian lands
15 May، 2018
Director of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s Asia and Africa department, Aidarbek Tumatov, has said that the 9th round of Astana talks on Syria constitutes a new phase after ending the presence of terrorism on most of the Syrian lands.
In a statement to journalists in Astana on Tuesday, Tumatov hailed the positive stances pursued by the participant delegations in the ongoing round of Astana talks.
He stressed that the talks focused on the humanitarian issues and removing explosive devices and mines from the areas liberated from terrorists in Syria for the locals to return to their homes.
The U.S. representatives’ absence from the ongoing Astana 9 talks will not impede the process thanks to the presence of the guarantor states and all other parties who are participating in Astana process, Tumatov elaborated.
The 9th round of Astana talks on Syria kicked off on Monday with the participation of Syrian Arab Republic delegation headed by Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari and other delegations.