Russia, Iran, Turkey Reaffirm Commitment to Syria’s Sovereignty

Russia, Iran and Turkey reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic, according to a joint statement issued on Wednesday.

The representatives of the three countries following 17th international meeting on Syria in the Astana Format held in Nur-Sultan, capital city of Kazakhstan, expressed their determination to continue working together to combat terrorism in all forms and manifestations.

They also condemned the increasing terrorist activities in various parts of Syria which result in loss of innocent lives including the attacks targeting civilian facilities.

“We are concern with the increased presence and terrorist activity of “Hayat Tahrir al‑Sham” and other affiliated terrorist groups as designated by the UN Security Council,” the statement added.

They also reiterated their opposition to the illegal seizure and transfer of oil revenues that should belong to Syria.

Moreover, the three countries agreed to make further efforts to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria, expressing their concerns at the humanitarian situation in the country and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which presents a profound challenge to the health system.

The international community, the United Nations and the humanitarian agencies were urged to enhance their assistance to the whole of Syria through early recovery and resilience projects including the restoration of basic infrastructure assets, water and power supply facilities, schools and hospitals as well as the humanitarian mine action in accordance with the international humanitarian law, according to the statement.

They also appreciated the participation of delegations from Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon as observers of the Astana Format as well as representatives of the United Nations and the ICRC.

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