News ID: 231703
Published: 0101 GMT September 23, 2018

Iran, Turkey, Russia FMs to meet in New York

Iran, Turkey, Russia FMs to meet in New York

Foreign Ministers of Iran, Turkey, and Russia will discuss developments in Syria and its northwestern city of Idlib in a meeting in New York.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters on Friday that the trilateral meeting between him and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is expected to take place in the margin of the General Assembly of the United Nations, IRNA reported.

Iran, Turkey and Russia are the guarantors of a countrywide ceasefire in Syria. The three have been mediating a peace process since January 2016 among Syria’s warring sides in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Idlib, on the Turkish border, is one of the last major opposition strongholds in Syria.

Following a meeting in Russian city of Sochi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced that a 15-to-20-kilometers-deep buffer zone would be established between the Syrian Army and the oppositions in Idlib by October 15, which will be controlled by Turkish and Russian forces.

In wake of Sochi agreement, "cease-fire must be fully established and focus should be on political solution," Cavusoglu said.

He referred to the de-escalation zone established in Syria, saying that its borders is defined in Sochi agreement and now is the time to take further actions in the framework of this agreement.

The Turkish foreign minister stressed that in addition to Iran, Russia and Turkey, all the parties and countries should cooperate in establishing the Constitution and finding a political solution in Syria.



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