Astana round begins with a meeting between the meeting sponsors

The 14th round of the Astana meetings began in the Kazakh capital Nur Sultan on Tuesday morning with a series of meetings of the meeting sponsors (Russia, Turkey and Iran).

The consultations began with a closed meeting between the two Russian delegations headed by the Special Envoy of Russia Alexander Lavrentev, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershenin, and an Iranian headed by the Senior Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Political Affairs Ali Asghar Haji.

Later, the Russian delegation met with the Syrian regime delegation.

The head of the delegation of the regime, Bashar Jaafari, anticipated the meeting by threatening the Idlib region, saying, "There is no calm in the field of anti-terrorism at all in Idlib."

The 14th round of the "Astana" talks were scheduled to take place in mid-November, but the Kazakh Foreign Ministry announced that it had been postponed until early December, before its new date was set.

The postponement of this round came in conjunction with the Turkish attack on north and east Syria, followed by the failure to hold the second round of meetings of the Constitutional Committee.

This was also accompanied by an escalation in and around the Idlib area between the regime forces, with Russian support, and Turkey's mercenary groups.

The Astana meetings began in January 2017 after the Russian-Turkish-Iranian rapprochement in the Syrian file, and the number of its rounds reached 13 rounds.

These tours were launched under the pretext of securing peace for the Syrians, but in reality, since the agreement of these three countries during the fourth round of an agreement, what they called the De-escalation, they brought scourges to them.

The Syrians are afraid to talk about the start of any round of these meetings. Russia, Turkey and Iran were called the three-way deal.

 These meetings did not result in anything that would end the Syrian war. Rather, they produced the displacement of thousands of their homes, in addition to a constitutional committee formed abroad, and it has so far failed to hold its meetings.

(T/S)

ANHA


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