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Astana Guarantors Agree on Syria Constitutional Committee

Astana Guarantors Agree on Syria Constitutional Committee

Tuesday, 5 February, 2019 - 11:00
The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran meet in Sochi in November. (Reuters)

The Kremlin stressed on Monday that the presidents of the three guarantor states of Syrian peace, Russia, Turkey and Iran, will meet in Sochi in February 14.

The three countries appeared to have reached consensus on the composition of the Syrian constitutional committee, which will be proposed to the UN.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Presidents Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani will meet in Sochi.

He explained that a meeting between Putin and Erdogan will directly precede the summit, in an apparent reference to the intention of the two presidents to finalize Russian-Turkish understandings on Syria, especially in Idlib, before discussing them in the tripartite framework.

Peskov did not disclose details of the summit agenda.

Russian foreign ministry contacts with a number of regional parties and talks in Moscow and Ankara had focused on the formation of the constitutional committee and mechanisms for dealing with the situation in Idlib. These two issues will likely top the agenda of the Sochi talks.

“In parallel with the war against terrorism, there is a current political track in which Russia, Iran, and Turkey adopted an initiative based on the decisions of the Syrian national dialogue congress held a year ago in Sochi to set up a committee to discuss the constitution,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during a speech in Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, on Monday.

His remarks were made one day after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the constitutional committee will be set up in the coming days.

“In the coming days, the constitutional committee will be set up comprising representatives of the civil society, supporters of [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad and the opposition,” Cavusoglu said.

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