The 20th Astana talks on Syria started yesterday with meetings between the guarantor countries Türkiye, Russia, Iran and Syria. Today, a joint statement was issued by the guarantor countries at the main session of the meeting in Astana.
In the statement, the Foreign Ministers of the participating countries emphasized that yesterday's talks on the preparation of a road map for the normalization of relations between Türkiye and Syria were constructive.
It was also noted that the guarantor countries agreed to make further efforts to normalize the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone in a sustainable manner.
The parties aim to undermine Syria's unity and "The guarantor countries reiterated their opposition to the illegal seizure and transfer of oil revenues that should belong to Syria. They condemned the actions of countries that support terrorists, including attempts at illegal administration in northeast Syria."
Noting that Türkiye, Russia and Iran also condemned Israel's ongoing military attacks in Syria, the statement reiterated that the guarantors reiterated the need to respect the decisions of international law and that all Israeli decisions and steps in this regard are null and void and illegal.
"The guarantor countries called for the 9th Meeting of the Drafting Committee of the Constitutional Committee to be held as soon as possible if Syria approaches constructively," the statement said, emphasizing the important role of the Syrian Constitutional Committee.
In the statement, the guarantor countries expressed their concern over the humanitarian situation that has worsened following the devastating earthquake that occurred on February 6, 2023 and was felt in Syria, and emphasized that the guarantor countries should increase humanitarian aid to the region in line with the UN Security Council resolutions.
The declaration underlined the need for the guarantor countries to provide support for the safe return of Syrian refugees to their countries of their own free will, and called on the international community to provide the necessary assistance for Syrian refugees.
The next Astana meeting on Syria was agreed to be held in the second half of this year.
Source: Ihlas News Agency