Germany eyes closer cooperation with Astana format

TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (MNA) – Germany is looking for closer cooperation between the Astana process and the Small Group on Syria, Berlin’s top diplomatic Heiko Maas said Friday.

Mass spoke at the Munich Security Conference where he underlined the importance of multilateral diplomacy in addressing today’s challenges and conflicts, including the civil war in Syria.

“I spoke this week with the new UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen, and discussed how we can bring different strands of the Astana process and the Small Group closer together,” he said.

The Small Group on Syria is consisted of the US, France, UK, Germany, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Mass said efforts of all these actors were focused on convening the constitutional committee and the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2254.

The Astana process, spearheaded by Iran, Turkey and Russia has been successful in bringing a cease-fire in Syria and led to the creation of de-escalation zones.

The guarantors of the Astana have repeatedly stressed the process was not an alternative to UN-led peace talks in Geneva for a political solution in Syria.

MNA/ANADOLU

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