Cooperation with Iran, Turkey has been good for Syria: Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that cooperation with Iran and Turkey was producing concrete results towards solving the crisis in Syria.
"I would like to note with satisfaction that our joint work with Turkey and Iran as guarantors of the ‘Astana process’ continues to yield concrete results," Putin said following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi on Monday.
During the meeting, the two leaders agreed to bolster efforts to safeguard long-term normalization in Syria and establish a political settlement.
“The level of violence has definitely been reduced, favorable conditions are being created for the progression of an inter-Syrian dialogue under the auspices of the UN," added the Russian President.
In his turn, the Turkish leader said that Astana meetings “have made some contribution to reducing violence in this region.”
“We came to an agreement that, at this moment, there’s ground, which allows us to focus on the political resolution” of the Syrian crisis, he added.
The seventh round of Astana talks began on October 31 with the participation of representatives from the Damascus government and opposition as well as the three guarantor states, the United Nations, Jordan, and the United States.
The discussions have brought representatives from Syria’s warring sides to the negotiating table in a bid to end the foreign-backed militancy in the Arab country, which broke out in March 2011.
Six rounds of the negotiations took place on January 23-24, February 15-16, March 14-15, May 3-4, July 4-5 and September 14-15.
The fourth round of the Astana discussions in May resulted in an agreement on four de-escalation zones across Syria, which cover the provinces of Idlib and Homs as well as the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus and Syria’s southern border with Jordan. The parties to the talks used the fifth round of the process to build up on the results of the May agreements.