Iran, Russia, Turkey to Hold Next Summit on Syria in Late Summer: Envoy
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The next round of a summit between the presidents of Iran, Russia, and Turkey is slated to be held in Tehran in late summer, the Russian ambassador to Turkey announced.
“As far as I know, agreements have been made on holding the tripartite summit,” Alexei Yerkhov was quoted as saying by Russia’s TASS news agency.
However, the exact date and the agenda of the meeting has not been determined yet and the issue has been postponed until the end of holydays in August, he added.
In April, the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey - the three guarantor states of de-escalation zones in Syria - held a meeting in Ankara to discuss ways for peaceful settlement of the crisis in Syria.
The three countries have so far held several rounds of peace talks in Kazakhstan’s Astana and elsewhere to help end the conflict in Syria. The fourth round of those talks in May 2017 produced a memorandum of understanding on de-escalation zones in Syria, sharply reducing fighting in the country.
Diplomatic efforts to end fighting in Syria gained momentum in 2017 with the announcement of a ceasefire in the Arab country in early January.
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.