Presidents of Astana Process Guarantor States affirm commitment to Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity

Moscow, (ST) -The presidents of the three Astana guarantor states, Russia, Iran and Turkey reaffirmed their commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. They also affirmed the continuous cooperation until eliminating terrorism completely, rejecting any separatist schemes that violate Syria’s sovereignty.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani and President of the Turkish regime, Recep Tayyip Erdogan affirmed in a statement concluding their summit via video conference their strong adherence to the independence and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and to the UN principles.

The three presidents discussed in detail the situation in the de-escalation zone in Idleb, stressing the need for the full implementation of all agreements signed in this domain, in addition to the situation in the north-eastern part of Syria, expressing denunciation of the illegal dominance and  oil theft .

In their statement, the three presidents stressed that there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria and that the solution will be through a political process led by the Syrians themselves, with the assistance of the United Nations, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

The Presidents of Russia, Iran, and Turkey affirmed their determination to pursue cooperation with a view to the final elimination of the “ISIS” and Jabhat al-Nusra organizations and all other people , groups and organizations linked to al-Qaeda or “ISIS” and other terrorist organizations classified on the Security Council’s list of terrorist organizations, thereby ensuring protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure in accordance with International humanitarian law.

The three Presidents condemned all unilateral sanctions that violate international law and the international humanitarian law and the Charter of the United Nations, especially in the circumstances of the Corona pandemic, and stressed in this regard the need for urgent delivery of humanitarian aid to all Syrian lands in order to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people. They called on the international community in particular the United Nations and its humanitarian agencies to increase the volume of aid provided by it to all Syrians without any discrimination, politicization and offering preconditions.

The three presidents pointed to the need to work to facilitate the return of the displaced to their areas of residence in Syria, and in this regard they urged the international community to provide appropriate support to refugees in housing and their return to normal life. They called on the international community also to enhance its participation by increasing aid to Syria by implementing reconstruction projects, including basic infrastructure facilities such as water and electric power, schools and hospitals, as well as mine clearance

They stressed the need to respect generally recognized international resolutions, including articles conforming to United Nations resolutions rejecting the occupation of the Syrian Golan, foremost of which is UN Security Council Resolution No. 497, and condemned the US administration's announcement regarding the occupied Syrian Golan, which constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and represents a threat to regional peace and security. They stressed that the attacks of the Israeli occupation on Syria violates its sovereignty and aggravates the situation in the region.

The three Presidents of the Astana guarantor states agreed to give instructions to their representatives to hold a meeting in the Astana format when conditions are available directly, and they decided to hold their next tripartite meeting in the Iranian capital, Tehran, according to the invitation of President Hassan Rouhani, when the conditions are appropriate.

Raghda Sawas