‘Astana trio’ agree to boost efforts aimed at Syrian constitutional committee
The Islamic Republic of Iran, Russia and Turkey have agreed to ramp up efforts aimed at convening the first session of a UN-sponsored Syrian Constitutional Committee early next year in a bid to begin a viable peace process to the Syrian war.
In Geneva alongside Russian & Turkish counterparts to move fwd on a constitutional committee to resolve #Syria crisis. We always insisted on a political solution led and owned by Syrians. The West has now been compelled to accept this. But it needs to facilitate; not dictate. pic.twitter.com/MYg5pWouAQ— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) December 18, 2018
Cavusoglu said on Sunday that the Ankara government would consider working with Syrian President Bashar Assad if he won a democratic and credible election.
The Turkish foreign minister made the remarks while addressing the 18th Doha Forum in Qatar.
Asked whether Turkey would consider working with Assad, Cavusoglu said there must first be an election in Syria and “if it is a democratic and credible one, then everybody should consider that [working with Assad].”
He further noted that the constitution for Syria should be drafted by the people of their own country.
Russia, Iran and Turkey plan to convene the first meeting of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva early in 2019, says a statement by the foreign ministers of the ‘Astana trio’ (Russia, Iran and Turkey) read out by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after the talks in Geneva.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country. 101/ 211 /203