ANKARA (AA) – Türkiye briefed Russia, Iran, and other interlocutors on its latest air operation in northern Iraq and Syria at the nineteenth round of the International Meeting on Syria under the Astana format, with the parties voicing “grave concern” over increasing hostilities east of the Euphrates River.
The two-day meeting on Syria took place in Kazakh capital Astana on Tuesday and Wednesday. Türkiye emphasized its “determination in the fight against terrorism.”
“Our interlocutors offered their condolences for the terror attack conducted in Istanbul. The political process, work of the Constitutional Committee, situation on the ground, return of refugees and humanitarian issues were also discussed at the meeting,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Noting that a joint statement was adopted after the meeting, the ministry said the parties “emphasized their strong support to Syria’s territorial integrity, the leading role of the Astana Process in the peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis, their determination to fight against the separatist agendas that pose threat to the national security of neighboring countries, including cross-border attacks and infiltrations.”
The Astana format talks were launched in 2017 in a bid to restore peace and stability in the Arab country, which has been ravaged by war since 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.
The last Astana format talks on Syria were held this June.