News ID: 268085
Published: 0322 GMT April 22, 2020

Zarif condemns Israeli attacks on Syria as violation of its national sovereignty

Zarif condemns Israeli attacks on Syria as violation of its national sovereignty

Iran, Russia, Turkey stress need for further consultations on Syria

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned Israel’s military aggressions on Syria as a violation of the Arab country’s national sovereignty.

During a trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of the three guarantors of the Astana peace process which was held via video conference, Zarif said the Israeli attacks on Syria threaten peace and stability in the region and contravene the international law.

In recent years, Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria, most of them against what the Israeli regime claims to be the positions of pro-Syrian forces.

Syria has called on the United Nations to adopt necessary measures to stop Israel’s repeated acts of military aggression on the Arab country which has been fighting foreign-backed terrorists in last years.

The Wednesday meeting was held between Iranian foreign minister and his Russian and Turkish counterparts Sergei Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu respectively.

Zarif, who has recently met Syrian officials in Damascus, referred to the recent developments in Idlib Province during the trilateral meeting, and stressed the need for respecting Syria’s territorial integrity and for the continued fight against terrorism.

Syria, whose large parts were once infested by the foreign-backed militancy and terrorism, has managed to liberate almost all of its militant-held cities, towns and villages from the clutches of an array of militant outfits and terrorist groups during the past few years.

However, large parts of the Idlib Province are still under the grips of dozens of terrorist groups, most of which are those that chose the volatile region to hide and concentrate after suffering defeat against government troops elsewhere in the Arab country.

Pointing to his recent consultations with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen, Zarif voiced support for his efforts to facilitate the Syrian-Syrian dialogue within the framework of the Constitutional Committee, and stressed the need for protecting the Committee’s independence and preventing foreign interference in the process of its activities.

The three foreign ministers also Syria’s Constitutional Committee, the necessity for the removal of the unilateral sanctions against Syria, particularly given the outbreak of the coronavirus, humanitarian conditions, and return of the displaced persons.

They also emphasized the need to continue holding consultations and coordination at the highest level among the three guarantors of the Astana peace process.

Since January 2017, Moscow, Tehran, and Ankara have been mediating peace negotiations between representatives from the Damascus and opposition groups in a series of rounds held in Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan, previously named Astana, and other places. The talks are collectively referred to as the Astana peace process.


Foreign Ministry’s official website, IRNA and Tasnim news Agency contributed to this story.







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