Tehran Meeting Strengthened Syria Cease-Fire Deal: De Mistura

U.N. envoy tells reporters in Switzerland that cease-fire guarantors Russia, Turkey and Iran worked actively to ensure the success of a possible political settlement during trilateral meetings in Tehran, state news media reports

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura affirmed that this week’s trilateral meeting in Tehran between Russia, Turkey and Iran was effective in bolstering the nationwide cease-fire agreement and preparations for the upcoming Astana meeting.

In a press conference in Geneva on Thursday, de Mistura said that the guarantor countries worked actively with the U.N. to strengthen efforts for a political settlement, pointing out that there was also progress on the issue of sieges, detained people and mine clearance.

He announced that he would hold talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov in Geneva on Monday and that the United States had declined to take part in any trilateral meeting.

“The trilateral meeting – as you know was a possibility – is being postponed, it is not taking place on Monday. It will be a bilateral … But the trilateral is not off the table, it is just being postponed,” de Mistura told reporters.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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