Russian, Turkish top diplomats discuss preparations for November meeting on Syria


Preparations for an Astana-format (Russia, Iran, Turkey) meeting on Syria scheduled for late November were in focus of a telephone conversation between Russian and Turkish Foreign Ministers, Sergey Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Russian foreign ministry said on Friday.

"The sides reiterated mutual commitment to further efforts towards lasting settlement in Syria on the basis of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254. In this context, the ministers discussed preparations for another international meeting on Syria in the Astana format that is scheduled for late November and exchanged views on the steps that need to be made to ensure its efficiency," the ministry said.

The sides also discussed issues of the bilateral agenda and exchanged opinions on a number of other areas of cooperation between the two countries’ foreign ministries, the Russian foreign ministry added.

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