17th round of Astana talk ends with recurring emphasize on fight against terrorism

The Astana talks concluded on December 22 with emphasis on maintaining the territorial integrity of Syria and stepping up efforts to combat terrorist groups.

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The 17th international high-level meeting on Syria, attended by guarantor states Russia, Iran, and Turkey, came to an end on December 22 in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan.

Ontalap Onalbayev, the Middle East and Africa Department Director at the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, summarized the main outcomes of the meeting with four major points.

Accordingly, all participating states “reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria, and to the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and highlighted that these principles should be universally respected and complied with.”

Onalbayev added the delegations “expressed their determination to continue cooperation in order to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stand against separatist plans aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and threatening the national security of neighboring countries.”

The delegates also condemned the increase in terrorist activity in various parts of Syria resulting in the loss of innocent lives and damage of civilian facilities.

“They also highlighted the need to maintain calm on the ground by fully implementing all existing agreements on Idlib,” said Onalbayev reading out the statement.

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