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Tehran (IP) - Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman said that Iran welcomes any initiative which decreases the suffering of the Syrian nation.

Iran Press/Iran News: Speaking in his weekly press conference on Monday, Saeed Khatibzadeh responded to the Iran Press question regarding the political future of Syria, saying that Iran’s policy toward Syria had always been clear.

Khatibzadeh added that Iran had listened to the voice of the Syrian government and nation.

Khatibzadeh stressed that the Astana Peace Process for ending the long-running conflict in Syria had been formed for many years and that it was a separate trend.

On January 23, 2017, Turkey, Russia and Iran launched the Astana talks in Kazakhstan to build on the existing ceasefire agreements. 

The Astana meeting raised hopes in the sixth year of the war, at least for the start of a process moving towards a political solution, after the UN-brokered Geneva talks in 2012 couldn’t stop the violence in Syria. 

Astana then brought the strongest opposition groups on the field together and made them sit with Damascus for the first time since the beginning of the war. Brokers of the process were Turkey, Russia, and Iran, but Jordan and the US also attended the talks later. 

Later, Tehran, Ankara, and Moscow started another peace process in Sochi in January 2018, which neither the US nor the Syrian government were invited to. This time, the brokering parties of Sochi discussed the post-Daesh political order in Syria, as well as reducing violence in the country.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman stated that the Astana Peace Process had been the most successful process in Syria, saying: "We support any initiative that reduces the suffering of the Syrian people, and the Russian Foreign Minister also said that this was an initiative that contributed to the Astana process. "


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