The talks in Astana on Syrian reconciliation brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey will proceed despite some disagreements between Tehran and Ankara, as the latter plays an important role to support peace in the war-torn country, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Monday.
“Turkey has a significant role in Syria … We are making efforts for the Astana talks to proceed more powerfully than before and be effective in resolving the Syrian crisis,” Qassemi said adding that the differences between Iran and Turkey would not halt the Astana process as quoted by the Tasnim news agency.
In January, Russia, along with Turkey and Iran, the guarantors of the Syrian ceasefire, initiated talks in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana devoted to Syrian reconciliation. During the first round of talks, Damascus representatives and the armed opposition sat together at the negotiating table for the first time since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011.
Astana hosted three rounds of talks in January, February and March. During the talks, the participants agreed to set up a ceasefire monitoring group, among other issues.
The next Astana talks are expected to take place in Kazakhstan’s capital on Wednesday and Thursday.
On April 5, Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that Moscow believed that Ankara was serious in its commitment to the ceasefire in Syria and the two sides continue bilateral discussions of any existing disagreements.