Iran, UN Discuss Syria

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The foreign minister of Iran and the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria talked about the latest developments in Syria at a meeting in Tehran.

In the Sunday meeting, Hossein Amirabdollahian and UN’s Geir Pedersen discussed the situation in Syria following a recent quadrilateral gathering of the foreign ministers of Iran, Russia, Syria, and Turkey in Moscow.

The top diplomats wrapped up their landmark summit on the Syrian conflict on May 10, underscoring in a final communiqué the Arab country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and setting up a roadmap to improve strained ties between Damascus and Ankara.

“Pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and official statements in the Astana process, the participants emphasized their commitment to the territorial integrity of Syria, non-interference in its internal affairs, and fighting all forms of terrorism, separatism, and extremism in the country,” the final communiqué said.

“They also emphasized the importance of increasing international humanitarian aid to Syria with the aim of facilitating the voluntary, safe, and dignified return of Syrians to their homeland and post-war reconstruction,” it added, Press TV reported.

The participants at the four-way meeting also agreed that deputy foreign ministers of the four countries should undertake the task of preparing a roadmap for advancing relations between Turkey and Syria in coordination with their defense ministries and intelligence chiefs.

Ali Asghar Khaji, a senior aide on political affairs to Iran’s foreign minister, also met Pedersen and exchanged views on the four-way summit aimed at reconciliation and resumption of ties between Damascus and Ankara in various dimensions as well as Iran’s cooperation with the UN to help resolve the conflict in the Arab country.

Stressing the necessity of fighting terrorism and respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, Khaji welcomed the positive developments in the relations between the Arab countries and Damascus, and said the matter was in the interest of the people and the security of the region.

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