Iran Steps Up Diplomacy in Sochi Conference on Syria
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s representative to a conference in Sochi on the settlement of Syria crisis held a meeting with the Russian president’s special envoy to discuss the most recent developments in Syria and to help establish peace in the Arab country.
In a meeting in Sochi on Monday, Iranian foreign minister’s special assistant for political affairs, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, and Russia’s Alexander Lavrentiev held talks on the latest developments in Syria and the ongoing conference of Syrian national dialogue.
Jaberi Ansari, Iran’s senior negotiator in the Astana peace negotiations, has joined the other delegates in the southern Russian city for the conference aimed at helping resolve the seven-year civil war in Syria.
Moscow, a main ally of the Damascus government, has invited some 1,600 delegates to the conference. The stated main goal of the event is the creation of a mechanism for writing a new Syrian constitution.
On November 19, Daesh (ISIL) terrorists were flushed out of their last stronghold in Syria’s Al-Bukamal. The city’s liberation marked an end to the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate it had declared in 2014.
On November 22, the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey held talks on the Arab country’s crisis in Sochi, coming up with a plan for a national congress for peace in Syria.
According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.