Iran, Russia, Turkey to meet UN envoy on Syria next week: UN statement

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will hold talks with senior officials from Iran, Russia and Turkey, as guarantors of the Syria peace process, in Geneva early next week, a UN statement says.

According to the Friday statement, talks among the UN diplomat and high-level officials from the three countries will focus on setting up a “credible, balanced, and inclusive” committee to draft a new constitution for Syria and usher in elections.

It added that the meeting will take place ahead of de Mistura’s monthly presentation to the UN Security Council set for December 20.

Late in November, the guarantor states of the Astana peace process ended their 11th round of talks in the Kazakh capital, reiterating their strong commitment to Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Iran, Russia and Turkey also rejected “all desperate attempts” by foreign-backed militant groups to undermine the sovereignty of the Syrian nation.

At the end of the tenth round of the two-day International Meeting on Syria in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on July 31, Tehran, Moscow and Ankara expressed their firm determination to counter any plot aimed at partitioning the Arab country.

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