Russia, Iran, Turkey agree to continue cooperation on Syria

MOSCOW, Dec. 20 (MNA) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said Tuesday he agreed with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts, Mohammad Javad Zarif and Mevlut Cavusoglu, to continue cooperation to resolve the Syrian crisis.

"We agreed to continue building further interaction," Lavrov told reporters in Moscow.

"We have the conviction that in the conditions when the implementation of the UN Security Council resolution is stalled, enthusiastic actions of our three countries will help to overcome the deadlock in the efforts on the Syrian settlement on the basis of the Security Council resolution and help to move processes in regard to the cessation of violence, and in regard to the delivery of humanitarian aid, as well as creation of conditions for an inclusive, effective political process," he said.

Lavrov said Iran, Russia and Turkey also reaffirmed "their determination to jointly fight the IS [Islamic State terrorist organization] and al-Nusra [Nusra Front] and separate from them armed opposition groups."

The evacuation of civilians and withdrawal of militants from Syria's embattled city of Aleppo may be complete in maximum two days largely due to joint efforts by Russia, Turkey and Iran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday.

Russia, Turkey and Iran adopted a joint statement on coordinated actions aimed at reviving political process in war-torn Syria during talks in Moscow.

"Russia, Iran and Turkey have been recently taken coordinated steps that allowed safe evacuation of the majority of civilian population from eastern Aleppo with support of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the World Health Organization,” Lavrov said at a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mavlut Cavusoglu and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

"The evacuation is close to be complete, and we are hoping that it is a matter of a couple of days at the maximum," Lavrov said.

Russia, Turkey and Iran will consider an invitation by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to hold intra-Syrian talks in Kazakh capital, Astana, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday.

SPUTNIK/MNA

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