ID : N-713 Date : 2017/11/23 - 10:20
(Persia Digest) – The meeting between the three Russian, Iranian, and Turkish presidents in Sochi took place to discuss the future of Syria and its immediate situation following the end of Daesh. The meeting marks Iran's success in emphasizing a political solution to the Syrian crisis and avoiding a military confrontation.
Foreign ministers and senior officials from the three countries had met earlier in Antalia. The meeting was also attended by their joint army chiefs.
At a joint press conference at the end of the meeting in the city of Sochi, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani announced the inception of a Syrian-Syrian congress as the main outcome of the meeting.
He emphasized: "The fight with terrorism is not finished and we must not neglect the persistence of the danger of takfiri terrorists in Syria and the region due to the recent victory against Daesh. Therefore, it is necessary to help the people of Syria to continue to fight this dangerous phenomenon with the required coherence until the complete defeat of terrorism in their country.
President Putin also said: “The joint undertakings of Moscow, Ankara, and Tehran have prevented the collapse of Syria. We have now reached a stage where political solutions can be implemented in Syria.”
The Turkish President also stated that an agreement had been reached to start a free and fair political process by the people of Syria and the formation of a congress for the Syrian national dialogue, saying: “We must work to facilitate the political settlement of regional crises.”
Erdogan noted that the success of these efforts lay in the cooperation between the three countries and added: “It is important to take preventive measures to develop security in Syria; sending humanitarian aid to its people takes priority.”
At the end of the meeting, a joint statement was signed by the presidents of the three countries, reaffirming the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of Syria, agreeing to work together to bring about the ultimate defeat of the terrorist groups.