IP- Representatives of Iran, Russia, and Turkey issued a joint statement at the 18th Astana International Summit in Astana, held from 15 to 16 June in Kazakhstan.

Iran PressIran News: The Astana talks began in January 2017 with the initiative of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the cooperation of Russia and Turkey to establish peace in Syria.

Following the widespread invasion of Syria by Saudi-backed terrorists, the United States and its allies in 2011, Russian support and assistance by Iran to counter the terrorist group ISIS began in Syria, and the terrorist group failed.

The representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation, and the Republic of Türkiye as guarantors of the Astana format:

1. Reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and highlighted that these principles should be universally respected and complied with;

2. Examined the latest international and regional developments and emphasized the leading role of the Astana Process in the peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis.

3. Expressed their determination to continue working together to combat terrorism in all forms and manifestations and stand against separatist agendas aimed at undermining Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as threatening the national security of neighboring countries, including through cross-border attacks and infiltrations. Condemned increased presence and activities of terrorist groups and their affiliates under different names in various parts of Syria, including the attacks targeting civilian facilities, which resulted in the loss of innocent lives. Highlighted the necessity to implement all arrangements related to the north of Syria.

4. Reiterated the necessity to continue their ongoing cooperation further to ultimately eliminate DAESH/ISIL, Al-Nusra Front, and all other individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities associated with Al-Qaeda or DAESH/ISIL, and other terrorist groups, as designated by the UN Security Council, while ensuring the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure by international humanitarian law. Expressed serious concern with the presence and terrorist activity of "Hayat Tahrir al'Sham" and other affiliated terrorist groups designated by the UN Security Council that threaten civilians inside and outside the Idlib de-escalation area.

5. Reviewed the situation in the Idlib de-escalation area in detail and agreed to make further efforts to ensure sustainable normalization of the problem and improve the humanitarian crisis in and around the room. Highlighted the necessity to maintain calm on the ground by fully implementing all agreements on Idlib.

6. Discussed the situation in the northeast of Syria and agreed that constant security and stability in this region could only be achieved based on preserving the sovereignty and territorial integrity. They have rejected all attempts to create new realities on the ground, including illegitimate self-rule initiatives under the pretext of combating terrorism, reaffirmed determination to stand against separatist agendas in the east of the Euphrates aimed at undermining the unity of Syria as well as threatening the national security of neighboring countries.

Expressed grave concern, in this regard, with increasing hostilities and all forms of oppression by the separatist groups against civilians the east of Euphrates, including through suppression of peaceful demonstrations, forced conscription, and discriminatory practices in the field of education. Reiterated their opposition to the illegal seizure and transfer of oil revenues that should belong to Syria—condemned the actions of countries that support terrorist entities, including illegitimate self-rule initiatives in the North-East of Syria.

7. Condemned continuing Israeli military attacks in Syria, which violate the international law, international humanitarian law, the sovereignty of Syria and neighboring countries, endanger the stability and security in the region, and called for a cessation of them.

8. Expressed their conviction that there could be no military solution to the Syrian conflict and reaffirmed their commitment to advance viable and lasting Syrian-led and Syrian-owned, UN-facilitated political process in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2254;

9. Emphasized the critical role of the Constitutional Committee, created as a result of the decisive contribution of the Astana guarantors and in furtherance of the decisions of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi; in promoting the political settlement of the Syrian conflict.

10. Noted the convening of the 8th round of the Drafting Commission of the Syrian Constitutional Committee between 30 May-3 June in Geneva and welcomed the announcement of holding the next game on 25-29 July. The Syrian parties called for holding the next session with a constructive approach.

In this regard, they reaffirmed their determination to support the Committee's work through continuous interaction with the Syrian parties to the Constitutional Committee and the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Syria, Geir O. Pedersen, as a facilitator, to ensure its sustainable and effective functioning; Underlined the necessity that the Constitutional Committee should conduct its activities without any bureaucratic and logistical hindrances.

11. Expressed the conviction that the Committee in its work should respect the Terms of Reference and Core Rules of Procedure to enable the Committee to implement its mandate of preparing and drafting for widespread approval a constitutional reform as well as achieving progress in its work and be governed by a sense of compromise and constructive engagement without foreign interference and externally imposed timelines aimed at reaching a general agreement of its members.

12. Reiterated grave concern at the humanitarian situation in Syria. She rejected all unilateral sanctions, which are in contravention of international law, international humanitarian law, and the UN Charter, including, among other things, any discriminatory measures through waivers for specific regions, which could lead to this country's disintegration by assisting separatist agendas.

13. Emphasized the need to eliminate the impediments and increase humanitarian assistance to all Syrians throughout the country without discrimination, politicization, and preconditions.

14. To support the improvement of the humanitarian situation in Syria and the progress in the process of the political settlement, called upon the international community, the United Nations, and its humanitarian agencies to enhance their assistance to the whole of Syria through early recovery and resilience projects including the restoration of essential infrastructure assets – water and power supply facilities, schools and hospitals as well as the humanitarian mine action by the international humanitarian law;

15. Highlighted the need to facilitate the safe, dignified, and voluntary return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their original places of residence in Syria in compliance with international humanitarian law, ensuring their right to return and right to be supported. In this regard, called upon the international community to provide the necessary assistance to Syrian refugees and IDPs and reaffirmed their readiness to continue interaction with all relevant parties, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other specialized international agencies.

16. Welcomed the successful operation of the mutual release of detainees on June 13 within the Working Group on the Release of Detainees / Abductees, Handover of Bodies, and Identification of Missing Persons. The operation demonstrated the willingness of Syrian parties to strengthen the mutual trust with the assistance of the Astana guarantors. It also reaffirmed the determination of the Astana guarantors to increase and expand their cooperation within the Working Group.

This unique mechanism proved effective and necessary for building confidence between the Syrian parties. Agreed that the scale of future operations on the release of detainees needs to be increased, and the activities of the Working Group - to be extended to the handover of bodies and identification of missing persons. Noted the Syrian legislation on general amnesty on terrorist crimes before April 30.

17. Took note with appreciation of the participation of delegations of Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon as observers of the Astana format as well as representatives of the United Nations and the ICRC;

18. Expressed their sincere gratitude to the Kazakh authorities for hosting in Nur-Sultan the 18th International Meeting on Syria in the Astana format;

19. Decided to convene the 19th International Meeting on Syria in the Astana format in Nur-Sultan in the second half of 2022. Reaffirmed their intention to arrange another ministerial meeting in the Astana format. Also recalled the Joint Statement of July 1, 2020, to hold the next Tripartite Summit in the Islamic Republic of Iran as soon as conditions permit. 

Before this, the 17th Astana Summit on Syria was held in the presence of the delegations of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Russia, Turkey, Syria, the opposition, and Lebanon and Iraq as observers from December 21, 2021, for two days in the Kazakh capital Nursultan.

The participants in the 17th meeting of the Astana process stressed the need to stop the Zionist regime's military attacks on Syria.


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