U.N.: Common ground emerging on Syria constitution discussed with Iran, Russia, Turkey

U.N.: Common ground emerging on Syria constitution discussed with Iran, Russia, Turkey

Senior officials from Iran, Russia and Turkey held “substantive” talks on Tuesday on how Syria’s constitutional committee will be set up and will function, and more such talks are planned within weeks, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has held "substantive" talks with officials from Iran, Russia and Turkey over the planned formation of Syria's constitutional committee and how it would function.

"During the meeting, constructive exchanges and substantive discussions took place on issues relevant to the establishment and functioning of a constitutional committee, and some common ground is beginning to emerge," de Mistura said in a statement after talks in Geneva on Tuesday.

The UN envoy noted that more such talks are planned in the coming weeks.

The meeting brought together the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s Deputy Undersecretary Sedat Onal, Russia’s Syria envoy Alexander Lavrentiev and the Iranian foreign minister’s Special Assistant in Political Affairs Hossein Jaber Ansari.

Iran, Russia and Turkey have mediated nine rounds of crisis resolution talks between the Syrian government and opposition in the Kazakh capital Astana since January 2017, a month after they joined efforts and brought about an all-Syria ceasefire.

The three states act as the guarantors of the truce.



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