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Kazakhstan: Russia hopes US will understand need to withdraw from Syria - Lavrentiev
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Kazakhstan: Russia hopes US will understand need to withdraw from Syria - Lavrentiev

Kazakhstan, Astana
November 23, 2022 at 15:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Russian President’s Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev expressed the hope that 'the Americans will come to an understanding and the need to withdraw their military contingent' from the Arab state, during the 19th international meeting on Syria in the Astana format, on Wednesday.

"We regret that our contacts with the American side have, of course, been interrupted for well-known reasons. But we hope that sanity will prevail and that the Americans will come to an understanding and the need to withdraw their military contingent, which is illegally, once again, on Syrian territory," Lavrentiev said.

According to the envoy, 'the countries of the collective West, see this Syrian platform as an opportunity to confront Russia'.

For his part, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Ayman Susan lamented the 'illegal foreign presence' of America and Turkey on the country's soil.

"The illegal foreign presence in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic, which includes America and Turkey as well as other presences, is a distinct violation of international law. It must immediately cease without conditions," Susan stressed.

On Sunday, November 20, Ankara launched airstrikes on northern Iraq and Syria areas. This followed an explosion in Istanbul on November 13 that killed six people and injured more than 80. Turkish authorities accused the Kurdistan Workers' Party of being involved in the incident.

The country's Defence Ministry said Operation Sword Claw targeted territories 'used by terrorists as a base for attacks on Turkey in order to prevent terrorist attacks against the country's people, secure its borders and eradicate terrorism.

On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was ready to meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad 'should favourable conditions arise'.

The armed conflict in Syria has been ongoing since 2011. In 2017, the first talks on Syria took place in the Astana format, and in 2018 the Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue was held in Sochi. It resulted in establishing of the Geneva-based Syrian Constitutional Committee, whose task is to prepare constitutional reform.

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The Russian President’s Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev expressed the hope that 'the Americans will come to an understanding and the need to withdraw their military contingent' from the Arab state, during the 19th international meeting on Syria in the Astana format, on Wednesday.

"We regret that our contacts with the American side have, of course, been interrupted for well-known reasons. But we hope that sanity will prevail and that the Americans will come to an understanding and the need to withdraw their military contingent, which is illegally, once again, on Syrian territory," Lavrentiev said.

According to the envoy, 'the countries of the collective West, see this Syrian platform as an opportunity to confront Russia'.

For his part, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Ayman Susan lamented the 'illegal foreign presence' of America and Turkey on the country's soil.

"The illegal foreign presence in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic, which includes America and Turkey as well as other presences, is a distinct violation of international law. It must immediately cease without conditions," Susan stressed.

On Sunday, November 20, Ankara launched airstrikes on northern Iraq and Syria areas. This followed an explosion in Istanbul on November 13 that killed six people and injured more than 80. Turkish authorities accused the Kurdistan Workers' Party of being involved in the incident.

The country's Defence Ministry said Operation Sword Claw targeted territories 'used by terrorists as a base for attacks on Turkey in order to prevent terrorist attacks against the country's people, secure its borders and eradicate terrorism.

On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was ready to meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad 'should favourable conditions arise'.

The armed conflict in Syria has been ongoing since 2011. In 2017, the first talks on Syria took place in the Astana format, and in 2018 the Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue was held in Sochi. It resulted in establishing of the Geneva-based Syrian Constitutional Committee, whose task is to prepare constitutional reform.