Zarif, UN Special Envoy for Syria meet in Tehran
Tehran (IP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen held talks in Tehran on Saturday.
In the meeting, Zarif and Pedersen discussed the latest developments regarding Syria and the efforts of the guarantor states of security in the war-torn country as part of Astana Format.
Zarif and Pedersen had a meeting on the issue on September 28, during their stay in New York on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. Earlier in September, Pedersen had paid a visit to Tehran, holding talks with senior Iranian officials.
The most recent summit of the Astana trio (Russia, Iran, and Turkey) was held in Turkey in mid-September 2019. The three countries also maintain contacts within the framework of high-level meetings on Syria in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The most recent meeting was held on December 10-11. It was decided then to hold the next Astana format summit in March 2020.
Senior Assistant to Iranian Foreign Minister in Special Political Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji also met with Pedersen.
The Saturday meeting comes amid the start of the Syrian military operation to recapture the last terrorist stronghold in Syria, the province of Idlib. 101/211/207