Astana guarantor states reiterate commitment to Syria’s sovereignty , territorial integrity and fighting terrorism

Tehran, SANA- The guarantor states of the Astana process (Russia, Iran and Turkey), reiterated their firm commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, proceeding with counter-terrorism campaign, and dismissed separatist schemes aimed at undermining Syria’s sovereignty.

In a presidential communique published at conclusion of the tripartite summit held in Tehran on Wednesday the presidents affirmed their firm commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity and the purposes and principles of the United Nation’s Charter, stressed the need to respect these principles by the international community, expressed their determination to continue coordination to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

The statement presidents affirmed “constant coordination to uproot all terrorist groups, institutions and entities”, noting that “the crisis in Syria could only be solved via a Syrians-led political process facilitated by the United Nations”.

The three presidents asserted “the need to guarantee a safe and voluntary return of refugees and the internally displaced persons to their homes”, called on “the international community to make effective contributions to this process and to support recovery projects and basic infrastructure”.

The heads of the guarantor states “condemned the continuation of the Israeli aggressions on the Syrian territories”, stressed that these aggressions “violate the international law, Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, destabilize the region and increase tension.

The presidents agreed to assign their representatives to prepare for the 19th international meeting on Syria in the Astana format by the end of this year, and to hold the next tripartite summit in Russia.

In a press conference the Iranian president Ibrahim Raisi said” The US illegal presence in Syrian Jazeera is unjustified under any pretext and the US occupation forces have to leave that region and that all Syrian regions be under the state dominance.

The Russian president Vladimir Putin that “the three countries share the same views on a political settlement in Syria in accordance with UN Resolution No.2254 and to abide by all the necessary principles to respect Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and that the future of Syria will be decided by its people without prejudgments.

Nisreen Othman / Amer Dawa

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