BAGHDAD, Foreign Ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey met in Moscow for a few hours and agreed on the importance of Astana talks to push for a political settlement of the conflict in Syria.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Shawishoglu and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a joint news conference after bilateral and tripartite talks in Moscow that they agreed on the Syrian crisis.
"The political dialogue in Astana has achieved more results than the other negotiating tracks," Lavrov said, adding that the Astana talks "stand firmly on their feet" thanks to "unique" cooperation among the three countries.
"Critics of the Astana talks may have their own goals, such as trying to tell the world that they control all the issues in the world, but fortunately this era is over," the Russian Minister said.
"Turkey, Russia and Iran, despite some differences, have a common interest in helping the Syrians," Lavrov said.
The last summit among the three countries is due to begin in April in Ankara, when Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rowhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to cooperate to reach a "permanent ceasefire" in Syria.
Lavrov called French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Laudrian and briefed him on the "main outcome" of the tripartite meeting, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"Russia is always open to dialogue with all partners with a view to reach a settlement to the Syrian crisis," the statement said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry announced before the tripartite meeting that the talks would focus on the humanitarian situation in Syria. "
"Securing aid to the Syrian people cannot be conditional on a political goal," Russian Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency