Turkey, Russia, Qatar have reaffirmed their commitment to advance the political process in Syria instead of a military solution.
Turkey will continue to defend Syria's territorial integrity and protect the civilians in the war-torn country, the Turkish foreign minister has said in the Qatari capital Doha.
“Turkey will continue to defend Syria’s territorial integrity, protect civilians, and fight terror groups,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a trilateral meeting of Turkish, Qatari, and Russian foreign ministers on Thursday.
📌Discussed w/FM Sergey #Lavrov of #RF our relations and recent developments in #NagornoKarabakh, #Libya & #Syria.— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) March 10, 2021
📌3rd unit foundation of Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant was laid today. May it serve well our nation.
📌Aiming to reach pre-pandemic figures for tourism this year.🇹🇷🇷🇺 pic.twitter.com/WaZizb1udk
📌Met with Amir Sheikh Tamim of #Qatar.— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) March 11, 2021
📌Welcome Qatar's role in efforts for conflict resolution in #Syria.
📌Will work with Qatar on the road to peace in #Afghanistan too.
📌Our strong cooperation serves regional peace as well. 🇹🇷🇶🇦 @TamimBinHamad pic.twitter.com/lxkJL2hoVr
Cavusoglu said the ministers discussed how to contribute to long-lasting peace in Syria.
Underlining that the legitimate demands of the civilians were ignored, he said Syrians have been exposed to negative impacts of the conflict for over a decade.
Cavusoglu also thanked his Qatari counterpart and the country for the initiative.
Discussions on ways to deliver aid, advancing political process
Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani said he had discussions in Doha with his Russian and Turkish counterparts on mechanisms for delivering humanitarian aid to Syria.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia, Turkey, Qatar agreed to counter separatist efforts in Syria.
In joint statement released after the meeting, all the three countries reaffirmed their commitment to advancing political process in Syria facilitated by UN, rather than military solution.
Three countries stressed need to facilitate safe, voluntary return of Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons.
War in Syria
Syria has been embroiled in a civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on protests with unexpected ferocity.
Over the past 10 years, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN officials.