Iran Wishes To Hold The Astana Summit In Tehran, But Also Agrees To A Video Format
The Iranian side hopes to hold the next summit on the Syrian settlement in the Astana format in Tehran but agrees to organize an event via video link if the threat of coronavirus persists. This was stated on Monday by the official representative of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi.
"During the video conference of the foreign Ministers of Russia, Iran, and Turkey, the sides confirmed the stability of the Astana process, and we hope that after the normalization of the medical situation in the world, the summit of the heads of participating countries will be held in Tehran," ISNA News Agency quoted him as saying. "If the adverse situation with the coronavirus continues, the summit will probably be held via video link."
According to Mousavi, "all countries interested in the security and stability of the region are convinced that this process can save the situation in Syria and the region."
On April 22, the Foreign Ministers of Iran, Russia, and Turkey, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Sergey Lavrov, and Mevlut Cavusoglu, held a conference call. During the meeting, the parties confirmed that the next round of talks on the Syrian settlement in the Astana format will be held on Iranian territory. On the same day, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani supported the idea of holding a summit via video link proposed by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a telephone conversation.
The last round of negotiations in the Astana format took place on December 10-11, 2019 in Nursultan. The next meeting was scheduled for March.