Turkey recognised legitimacy of Syrian government: Iranian official

Ali Akbar Velayati, Principal Adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei

Ali Akbar Velayati, the principal adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, has claimed that with the Astana talks Turkey has effectively recognised the legitimacy of the Syrian government.

After a meeting with a delegation consisting of Yazidis and parliamentarians from Iraq, Velayati said, “The Astana talks showed that the Turkish government and the groups attached to it have accepted the legitimacy of the Syrian government. Even some of the countries that were not represented at Astana have, directly or indirectly, conformed to the legitimacy of the Syrian government”.

Brokered by Russia and Iran, which back the Assad government, and Turkey, which backs the armed opposition, the two-day talks in Astana were attended by many groups involved in the Syria conflict. UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura and US Ambassador to Kazakhstan George Krol were also in attendance.

A joint statement was released after the two-day talk in which the mediators committed to establishing a trilateral mechanism to monitor and ensure full compliance with the ceasefire in Syria, preventing any provocations and determining exactly how the ceasefire will work.