Sochi congress: step to exit Syrian crisis

Feb 01, 2018, 00:52
Sochi congress: step to exit Syrian crisis

Organizers of the summit had hoped the talks would lead to a new draft constitution for Syria and bring an end to sanctions imposed on the state.

Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012 when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without a fight. The congress is sponsored by Russia, Turkey and Iran, and the main goal of the meeting, accordingto Russian President Vladimir Putin is to gather "delegates from various political parties, internal and external opposition, ethnic and confessional groups at the negotiating table".

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The deployment in the northwestern region was launched last October under a deal reached with Russian Federation and Iran during the Syrian peace talks in the Kazakh capital, Astana.

"Iranian forces entered Syria at the request of the Syrian government in order to help the Syrian government in the battle against terrorism", said Jaberi Ansari, who was leading the Iranian delegation to Sochi. The regime flags were not removed from the conference banner and logo. "This is why we have decided not to participate in the Sochi conference and are boycotting it and will be returning to Ankara".

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In the meeting held in Russia's Sochi on Tuesday on the sidelines of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, the two sides held talks on the process of the congress and the future plans of the United Nations envoy for the Arab country.

Regime backer Russian Federation hosted the so-called Syria congress in Sochi Tuesday in which participants agreed on creating a commission to rewrite the war-torn country's constitution.

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The new body is expected to meet in Geneva and work under the UN.