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Leaders of Guarantor States of Astana Process on Syria to Hold Trilateral Summit on Monday

MOSCOW, (ST)- Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that a trilateral meeting between leaders of the three guarantor states of the Astana process on the settlement in Syria.  (Russia, Iran and Turkey) will be held in Ankara on Monday.

According to Sputnik news Agency, Peskov told journalists today that President Vladimir Putin of Russia will arrive in Ankara on Monday, September 16, to participate in a trilateral summit on Syria and hold bilateral meetings with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to discuss ways to solve the crisis in Syria.

 In the final statement of the 13th Round of Astana talks, which was held last August in the Kazakh Capital Nour Sultan, the guarantor states reaffirmed their commitment to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic. They also stressed continuous cooperation to completely eliminate terrorist organizations and voiced their rejection of any separatist agendas that aim at undermining the territorial integrity of Syria. 

Peaceful and normal life is returning gradually to Syria: Lavrov

Meantime, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reaffirmed the need to completely eliminate all terrorist hotbeds in Syria and at the same time push forward the political process to find a solution to the crisis in order to restore security and stability in the country.

In a statement to the Russian media published on Friday, Lavrov reiterated the necessity of helping the Syrian refugees, who left their country because of terrorism, return home.

"Peaceful and normal life is returning gradually to Syria," Lavrov said, noting the existence of some remaining terrorist hotbeds in Idleb and in the eastern part of Syria.

Elsewhere in his statement, Lavrov referred to the efforts being exerted to form the constitutional committee, saying that launching the work of this committee would help achieve progress in a political process that is led by the Syrians.

He called on the Syrian opposition to constructively contribute to a comprehensive political settlement pursuant to the Security Council Resolution No. 2254, which stresses that only the Syrians have the right to decide the future of their own country away from foreign interference and that the terrorist organizations are not part of any political process.

Hamda Mustafa