19 Nov 2017 16:16

Foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran believe conditions have been created in Syria for political solution to conflict - Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW. Nov 19 (Interfax) - The foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran at the meeting in Antalya on Sunday came to the conclusion that a moment has come in Syria for a political solution to the crisis.

"The sides stated a decrease of the level of violence in Syria allowing the Syrian parties to transition from armed confrontation to a political solution," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a report.

"The main tendencies in the development of the military-political situation in this country in the context of the nearing defeat of the center of international terrorism and the functioning of the zones of de-escalation of the armed conflict created within the framework of the Astana process were discussed," the report said.

During the meeting in Antalya, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif "discussed the preparations for the convocation of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi," the Foreign Ministry said in its report.

The meeting participants "said this initiative is aimed at restoring trust between Syrians and putting the settlement of all national issues in the realm of inclusive intra-Syrian dialogue for the purpose of searching for and finding compromises in the interests of a united and strong Syria," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the meeting participants "approved recommendations on all key issues relating to the organization of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, which will be reported to the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey before their meeting in Sochi on November 22."

The Russian Foreign Ministry also said Lavrov, Cavusoglu and Zarif "spoke for further energetic joint efforts in the Astana format promoting the creation of conditions for intensification of the intra-Syrian negotiations under the aegis of the UN in Geneva."