Jul 01, 2020 16:09 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Jul 31, 2020 21:40 Asia/Tehran]

Turkish President told the Astana summit that protecting the political unity and territorial integrity in the war-torn country of Syria is a priority.

Iran Press/Middle East: Protecting the political unity and territorial integrity in neighboring Syria is a priority, the Turkish president said Wednesday.

"Maintaining the political unity and territorial integrity of Syria, the establishment of calm on the ground, and a lasting solution to the conflict is our priority," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a video link summit of the leaders of Turkey, Russia, and Iran summit under the Astana process on Wednesday, according to Anadolu Agency.

“The trilateral summit process under the Astana format has made critical contributions to the establishment of peace, security, and stability in Syria,” Erdogan said, adding that today’s meeting is the sixth one under the format.

“Turkey has been standing with our Syrian brothers and sisters since the start of the conflict,” he said, adding that the country has welcomed millions of Syrians without discrimination since the start of the war in 2011.

"We'll continue to do our best to provide peace, security, and stability in our neighbor Syria," he said.

“The cooperation we will show as Astana guarantors will, no doubt, determine the future of this country,” he added.

The trilateral meeting was held with the attendance of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

The Astana process was launched by Russia, Turkey, and Iran in January 2017, to bring all warring parties in Syria to the negotiating table as a complementary part of the UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva. 

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