Vestnik Kavkaza – Russia, Iran and Turkey are working on the agenda for the next international high-level meeting on Syria in the Astana format, that was postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Thursday, TASS reports.
Russia comes out in favor of saving the Astana format to facilitate the crisis settlement in Syria that has proved its efficiency, and gives high marks to the level of cooperation achieved by the three countries guarantors of the process. “Due to a new wave of the pandemic, the dates for the 15th international meeting on Syria on that platform have to be pushed back,” she said.
“We are trying to take advantage of this forced pause to think together with the partners about how to fill the Astana meetings with new concrete themes along with concrete discussion regarding the possibility of surmounting the existing problems, in order to make the subject matter of this meeting not only eventful, but also efficient and constructive,” the diplomat said.
The guarantors will also think about giving these meetings “a new impetus, including through higher activity within the framework of the working group for the release of detainees/ abductees, handover of bodies and search for the missing,” Zakharova added.