Guarantors of Astana Process Reaffirm Rejection of Separatist Agendas in Syria, Reiterate Commitment to Syria's Sovereignty, Territorial Integrity

ANKARA, (ST)- Presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey, the three guarantor states of the Astana Process on the political settlement in Syria, have reaffirmed their countries' rejection of separatist agendas in Syria and reiterated their commitment to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and to the continuity of fighting terrorism in the country.

 In the final statement of their trilateral summit in Ankara on Monday, the three presidents, Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyib Erdogan, stressed the need to respect international resolutions, mainly No. 497, which rejects the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan. They condemned the US administration's declaration on recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan, pointing out that this declaration flagrantly violates international law and threatens peace and security in the region.    

 They asserted that the continuous Israeli attacks on Syrian territories undermine the country's stability, violate its sovereignty , safety and aggravate tension in the region.  

The presidents discussed the situation in the Syrian al-Jazira region, stressing that stability and security can only be attained there on the basis of respecting the Syrian state's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

They pointed out that they discussed in detail the situation in Idleb's de-escalation zone and they stressed the need to implement all the agreements reached in this respect, mainly the memorandum of understanding signed in September 2018.

The three presidents expressed their concern over the expansion of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization in Idleb, vowing more cooperation to completely uproot Daesh, Jabhat al-Nusra and all other al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist groups.

They expressed satisfaction over the efforts being exerted to form the constitutional committee, noting their support for the mission of the UN Chief's Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen in facilitating dialogue between the Syrian sides to serve progress in the process of achieving political solution in Syria.

The three guarantors called on the international community, the United Nations and all the humanitarian agencies to increase their participation in assisting Syria, through carrying out reconstruction and infrastructure projects as well as demining activities and through increasing the humanitarian aid to the Syrians without conditions or politicization in order to alleviate their suffering.

The three presidents affirmed that the international community should contribute to helping the Syrian refugees return home, expressing willingness to cooperate with all concerned parties in this regard.
They decided to hold their next meeting in Iran.

Hamda Mustafa