On June 21, following the 20th international meeting on Syrian settlement held in Astana, the Astana Process officially completed its 6-year-long operation on the Syrian peace process, QazMonitor reports citing Kaziform.
On June 20-21, Astana hosted the international meeting on the Syrian peace process. The capital's diplomatic venue has been provided for negotiations on the cessation of hostilities between the warring parties in the Middle Eastern country since 2017.
This time, the foreign delegations included representatives of the Syrian government, as well as the country's opposition, and delegations from the guarantor states – Russia, Turkiye, and Iran, along with observers.
At the end of the meeting, Kanat Tumysh, the vice minister of foreign affairs, announced that it would be the last meeting within the Astana Process.
"Syria's gradual emergence from isolation in the region can be seen as a sign that the Astana Process has honorably accomplished its task. Taking into account Syria's return to the Arab family, we propose to officially declare the 20th meeting on Syria as the last within the framework of the Astana process," said Tumysh.
The parties discussed regional changes in the Middle East region, counter-terrorism issues, confidence-building measures, including the release of hostages and the search for missing persons, the humanitarian situation, mobilizing the international community to promote post-conflict reconstruction in Syria, and creating conditions for the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland.