Russia, Turkey & Iran To Meet In Moscow On Syria Peace Process

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Turkey: The foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran will meet in Moscow on April 28 to discuss the peace process for Syria, according to an agency.

The meeting will focus on all aspects of the cooperation carried out within the framework of the Astana mechanism and elaborate on the steps that could be taken from now on,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Kazakhstan hosted eight meetings attended by representatives from guarantor states Russia, Turkey, and Iran that brokered a cease-fire in Syria in December 2016, leading to the Astana peace talks running parallel to the Geneva talks, Anadolu said.

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Turkey’s alliance with Iran and Russia on Syria has caused disquiet among its Western NATO allies, who say it signifies a drift towards Russia. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin more times than any Western leader over the past two years.

The three countries’ presidents met on Syria in Ankara on April 4, pledging to develop the peace process. However the three differ on the way forward – Turkey has objected to Syrian President Bashar el-Assad remaining in power once an agreement is reached. It has also rejected the presence of the Kurdish opposition in the negotiations.

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