Iran says Astana talks must lead to ‘irreversible cessation of hostilities’ in Syria

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari

Hossein Jaberi Ansari, a senior diplomat representing Iran at the talks in Kazakh capital Astana, has said the meeting must bring about an “irreversible cessation of hostilities”.

Addressing participants at the Rixos hotel in Astana, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Ansari emphasised the importance of putting an end to the crisis in Syria, adding that the people’s right to self-determination needed to be recognised.

“The utmost goal of our joint efforts to end the Syrian conflict must be an irreversible cessation of hostilities that enables the people of Syria to get back to the normal life they deserve, like any other nation. Syrians shall enjoy a sovereign state in an integrated territory within safe borders,” Hossein Jaberi Ansari, who heads the Iranian delegation in the negotiations, said on Monday while addressing the talks in the Kazak capital, Astana.

“All nations shall enjoy the inherent right of self-determination and no external powers should or can interfere with the right of people. Syrian nation is no exception and shall exercise this right of theirs, free from any external pressure. Those who seek the prolongation of the Syrian crisis for their own interests hinder the fulfilment of people’s right,” he added.

Talks brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey brought the Syrian government and some opposition groups together yesterday in Astana. According to reports a final declaration guaranteeing the cessation of hostilities will be signed by the three countries, however the government and opposition have refused to sign the statement.