Iran, Russia, Turkey hold meeting on Syria in New York

Iran, Russia, Turkey hold meeting on Syria in New York
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The parties discussed the latest conditions and problems facing the Syrian people.

A tripartite meeting of the Astana peace process on the situation in Syria was held in the presence of the foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey.

The meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov was hosted by the Islamic Republic of Iran on the sidelines of the 78th UN General Assembly in New York, IRNA reported on Saturday.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Otto Pedersen also joined the foreign ministers soon after the start of the trilateral talks.

In an interview with IRNA and IRIB correspondents in New York on Friday, Amirabdollahian said in the first round of the Astana talks hosted by Iran, the parties discussed the latest conditions and problems facing the Syrian people.

In the second part, the foreign ministers discussed these issues with the UN Special Envoy for Syria.

In the meeting, the parties underlined that economic hardships, sanctions imposed by the West, terrorism and the presence of the ISIS terrorist group in certain parts of Syria are still major challenges, he noted, adding that the foreign ministers asked the UN representative to propose an action plan and provide financial assistance to create the necessary infrastructure for the return of Syrian migrants and refugees to their homeland.

The Iranian foreign minister also said that at the same time, solutions were proposed to reduce misunderstandings as well as border disputes between Damascus and Ankara; therefore, we hope that we can resolve the remaining issues within the framework of the ongoing Astana peace process talks or in a quadrilateral format involving Iran, Syria, Russia and Turkey in the near future.