In a joint statement on Tuesday, Iran, Russia and Turkey reiterated their respect for Syria’s sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity, as well as their determination to fight jointly against Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups in the Arab country.
The foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran coordinated a joint statement on the political process in Syria, Russia’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, ITAR TASS reported.
“We have coordinated a joint statement of the foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey on the measures aimed to boost the political process in order to stop the Syrian conflict,” Lavrov said at a news conference following a trilateral meeting in Moscow.
Russia, Iran and Turkey are determined to cooperate in combating Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups as well as in separating armed opposition groups from terrorists, the three countries’ foreign ministers said.
Russia, Iran and Turkey are prepared to act as safeguards of a future agreement between the Syrian government and the opposition, according to the joint statement.
“Iran, Russia and Turkey express their readiness to promote the drafting of the agreement the Syrian government and the opposition are negotiating at the moment and to act as its guarantors,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov said the three countries also agree that the priority in Syria is to fight terrorism and not to remove the government of Bashar al-Assad, Reuters reported.
Also on Tuesday, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shaigo, held talks in Moscow on the latest developments in the Middle East, Syria in particular.
In their meeting held in Moscow on Tuesday, the two defense ministers exchanged views about a range of issues, including ways to boost defense cooperation between Iran and Russia and the latest developments in Syria’s city of Aleppo.
The two sides also stressed the need to continue joint efforts in the campaign against terrorism and other sources of insecurity in the region.
Later on Tuesday, the defense ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey were scheduled to hold trilateral talks in the Russian capital on the latest developments in Syria, particularly the situation in Aleppo, after its liberation from terrorist groups.