Russia announces possibility of a trilateral summit in Tehran on Syria

Russian Presidential Envoy for Middle Eastern Affairs and Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, has talked of the possibility of a trilateral summit to be held in Tehran, between the Presidents of Iran, Russia, and Turkey to discuss the Syrian crisis in early March.

Iran Press/Europe: Mikhail Bogdanov told the state-run Tass news agency on Wednesday 19 February that Syria's trilateral summit with the participation of Iranian, Russian and Turkish Presidents Hassan Rouhani, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be held in Tehran in early March if the Turkish president agrees.

According to Bogdanov, the Iranian side has proposed that a summit of the countries guaranteeing the Astana format talks to be held in early March.

As far as I know, Iran and Russia have agreed on this and the timing is right, he added.

Putin's envoy noted that at the present time the summit depends on the agreement of Turkish partners for Erdogan's participation. The main point is that the time of the summit should be suitable for everyone. We and the Iranian side are waiting for the Turkish government's response to this summit.

He said he did not know about the possibility of holding a meeting between Putin and Erdogan to discuss the situation in Idlib.

To date, the leaders of Astana have met five times, twice in Moscow, twice in Istanbul and once in Tehran.

Bogdanov also said he hoped the next meeting of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva would be held in March and that the likelihood of such a meeting would depend on the readiness of the parties involved.


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