Date :Friday, September 7th, 2018 | Time : 13:53 |ID: 70247 | Print

Rouhani: Fight against terrorism is essential issue until eradication of all terrorist groups in Syria

SHAFAQNAThe tripartite meeting between Russia, Turkey and Iran held today Friday in Tehran to discuss the situation in the Syrian province of Idleb and restoration of peace in the Arab state as Syrian government forces prepares a large-scale military assault into last rebel-held stronghold.

The summit between Russia, Turkey and Iran on Syria crisis held on Friday afternoon in Tehran.

Friday’s meeting in Tehran is the third time that  the presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran have in less than a yea to reach a certain final agreement on the events happening in Idlib,”.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hosts President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in their third summit .Iranian President spoke At the beginning of the meeting.

Iranian President said Today’s summit followed by the successful efforts of the three countries within the framework of the “Astana process” for effective confrontation with terrorism and the end of the Syrian crisis, based on the demands of the majority of the people of the country.

“From the outset, we have emphasized the inefficiency of a military solution to end the Syrian crisis. We are pleased now that after seven years of the country’s crisis, based on the experience gained from it, the resolution of the Syrian crisis and other similar crises in the region through peaceful means has become a popular belief among the dominant actors” he said.

President Rouhani pointed that The Islamic Republic of Iran is present in Syria at the request of the Syrian government and to the fight against terrorism in the country. This presence in the past and in the future will support the will of the Syrian people as a nation of friends.

“We understand the concerns of some countries in the region about the danger of terrorism but we know the most effective way to deal with these concerns is cooperation with the Syrian government”, he added, “and we believe that other solutions, including through direct intervention and without coordination with the Syrian government, will lead deepening the crisis”.

Iranian President said the fight against terrorism in Idlib is an inevitable part of the mission for restoring peace and stability in Syria; But this fight should not hurt the civilians. “The ultimate goal in Syria and in the whole region is peace, but we have no choice to achieve lasting peace except fighting against terrorism. Fight against terrorism is essential issue until all terrorist groups in Syria eradicate, especially in Idlib. The presence and unlawful intervention of the United States in this country, which has led to the continuation of insecurity, should be ended immediately,” Rouhani added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in their third summit said the center of international terrorism has been destroyed in Syria. He added joint actions to rebuild Syria’s industry and agriculture should be provided.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the objectives of summit are Maintaining Syria’s integrity and finding a political solution .He added Turkey pay attention to the concerns of Iran and Russia about the presence of “some groups” in Adlib. Erdogan called for a ceasefire in Adlib.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Erdoğan that in this summit terrorists groups don’t have representative and so we cannot agree with ceasefire on their behalf.

The third meeting ends with 12-point final statement as Tehran’s statement.

Full text of the Tehran summit on Syria follows:

‘Joint Statement by the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Republic of Turkey
Tehran, 7 September 2018

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran H.E. Hassan Rouhani, President of the Russian Federation H.E. Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gathered in Tehran on 7 September 2018 for a Tripartite Summit.

The Presidents:

1. Expressed their satisfaction with the achievements of the Astana format since January 2017, in particular, the progress made in reducing violence across the Syrian Arab Republic and contributing to peace, security and stability in the country.

2. Emphasized their strong and continued commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and highlighted that they should be respected by all. They reiterated that no actions, no matter by whom they were undertaken, should undermine these principles. They rejected all attempts to create new realities on the ground under the pretext of combating terrorism and expressed their determination to stand against separatist agendas aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria as well as the national security of neighboring countries.

3. Discussed the current situation on the ground, took stock of the developments regarding the Syrian Arab Republic following their last meeting in Ankara on 4 April 2018 and agreed to continue trilateral coordination in accordance with their agreements. In this regard, they took up the situation in Idlib de-escalation area and decided to address it in line with the above-mentioned principles and the spirit of cooperation that characterized the Astana format.

4. Reaffirmed their determination to continue cooperation in order to ultimately eliminate DAESH/ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaeda or DAESH/ISIL, as they have been designated as terrorists by the UN Security Council. They underlined that, in the fight against terrorism, separation between the above-mentioned terrorist groups and the armed opposition groups that had joined or would join the ceasefire regime, would be of utmost importance including with respect to preventing civilian casualties.

5. Reaffirmed their conviction that there could be no military solution to the Syrian conflict and that it could only end through a negotiated political process. They reaffirmed their determination to continue active cooperation with a view to advancing the political process in consistence with the decisions of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi and the UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

6. Reaffirmed their resolve to continue joint efforts aimed at advancing the Syrian-led and Syrian-owned process for reaching a political settlement and reiterated their commitment to help establish and launch the work of the Constitutional Committee. They expressed their satisfaction with the useful consultations between their senior officials and the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria.

7. Emphasized the need to support all efforts to help all Syrians restore their normal and peaceful life and to alleviate their sufferings. In this regard, they called upon the international community, particularly the United Nations and its humanitarian agencies, to increase their assistance to Syria by providing additional humanitarian aid, facilitating humanitarian mine action, restoring basic infrastructure assets, including social and economic facilities, and preserving historical heritage.

8. Reaffirmed their determination to continue joint efforts aimed at protecting civilians and improving the humanitarian situation via facilitating rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to all Syrians in need.’

9. Highlighted the need to create conditions for the safe and voluntary return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their original places of residence in Syria. To this end, they emphasized the necessity of coordination among all relevant parties, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other specialized international agencies. They agreed to consider the idea of convening an international conference on Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
10. Welcomed the progress of the work of the Working Group on the release of detainees/abductees and handover of the bodies as well as the identification of the missing persons, as undertaken with the participation of the UN and ICRC experts.
11. Decided to hold their next meeting in the Russian Federation upon the invitation of the President of the Russian Federation H.E. Vladimir Putin.
12. The Presidents of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey expressed their sincere gratitude to the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran H.E. Hassan Rouhani for hosting the Tripartite Summit in Tehran.

Source: IRNA Persian

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