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Syria’s Constitutional Committee to be created soon, Turkish top diplomat says

February 03, 16:05 UTC+3 MOSCOW

"The Constitutional Committee will be set up comprising representatives of the civil society, supporters of [Syrian President] Bashar Assad and the opposition," Mevlut Cavusoglu added

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TASS, February 3. Syria’s Constitutional Committee will be set up in the coming days, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated on Sunday, according to the Anadolu news agency.

"We are seeking to give impetus to the Geneva process, we are promoting the Astana and Sochi processes. In the coming days, the Constitutional Committee will be set up comprising representatives of the civil society, supporters of [Syrian President] Bashar Assad and the opposition," Cavusoglu said.

The foreign minister stressed that Turkey attaches great importance to advancing political process in Syria.

Earlier, the Turkish top diplomat said in an interview with Hurriyet newspaper that on February 14 Sochi would host the Russia-Turkey-Iran summit on the Syrian settlement. According to the NTV channel, at the upcoming meeting the Russian, Turkish and Iranian Presidents, Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani, are due to discuss the situation in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone and the withdrawal of US troops from Syria.

The decision to set up a constitutional committee was agreed on at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, held in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on January 30, 2018. At the talks with Former UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in December 2018 in Geneva, the foreign ministers of the Astana troika (Russia, Iran, Turkey) handed over to the envoy the list of the committee’s members. In the final statement the ministers voiced hope that the first meeting would be held in early 2019. However, no agreement was reached on the committee’s members due to Mistura’s position.

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