Conflicts & War

Iran, Russia, Turkey warn of Gaza conflict’s negative effect on Syria

Astana, Jan 25 (EFE).- The guarantor countries of the ceasefire in Syria – Iran, Russia, and Turkey – warned on Thursday about the negative effect of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the Syrian peace process during a new round of consultations in the Kazakh capital, Astana.

They “acknowledged the negative impact of the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic,” they said in a joint statement at the end of the second day of negotiations.

The three countries stressed “the importance of preventing the armed confrontation area from expanding and other states of the region from being dragged into the confrontation.”

The head of the Syrian government delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Bassam al-Sabbagh, condemned at a press conference the Israeli air strikes against his country, which he described as “methodical” and with the clear objective of “supporting terrorist organizations and continuing to destabilize Syria.”

“Israel’s intentions to increase tensions in the Middle East have very dangerous consequences, not only in Syria but in the entire region,” he said.

For his part, the Russian president’s special representative for Syria, Alexandr Lavréntiev, added that “to stop the genocide of the Palestinian people, the international community must force Israel to stop the bombings and sit down at the negotiating table.”

“If the State of Israel exists, the State of Palestine must also be created. Violence begets violence. The conflict must be solved by putting an end to the reason that generated it (…) that is, to create the State of Palestine,” he added.

Iran, Russia, and Turkey also expressed their concern regarding the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza and “stressed the need to put an end to Israel’s cruel attack on the Palestinians,” in addition to allowing the delivery of humanitarian aid to the enclave.

In particular, they called for compliance with the relevant UN General Assembly resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire.

In addition, the guarantor countries reconfirmed their commitment to Syria’s territorial integrity and called for the restoration of relations between Damascus and Ankara “on the basis of mutual respect, goodwill, and good-neighborly relations in order to combat terrorism.” EFE

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