Turkey, Russia, Iran summit to be held in August

Turkey, Russia and Iran will summit in August aiming to discuss the Syrian conflict, presidential spokesperson İbrahin Kalın said on July 4.

After a cabinet meeting, Kalın said at a press conference, that the meeting will mainly be on Idlib and other parts of Syria, on the general security situation, transition processes, constitutional commission and re-settlement.

He also added that at the end of August, there would be another meeting with Russian, German and French leaders on the issue of Syria. The leaders of the four countries last year gathered for a summit in Istanbul on the same issue.

Kalın stated that during the G20 summit, it was agreed upon that a four-party summit just like the one from last year, that a quadruple summit is planned before going to the U.N. General Assembly.

Turkey, Russia and Iran are guarantor countries that brokered a cease-fire in Syria in December 2016, leading to the Astana talks, which are running parallel to the Geneva peace talks.  

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when Bashar al-Assad’s regime cracked down on protesters with unexpected ferocity.      

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people are believed to have been killed and millions more displaced by the conflict.   

Under the Astana agreement, Turkey established 12 observation points from Idlib’s north to south aiming to monitor and sustain the current cease-fire agreement for the de-escalation zones, deliver humanitarian aid and ensure the secure return of displaced people.

Last Updated: 7/7/2019 10:10:25 AM