ANKARA, March 14. /TASS/. The Turkish delegation at the upcoming March 15-16 four-party talks on Syria in Moscow will focus on counterterrorism issue, revival of the political process in Syria and continuation of the constitutional committee meetings, the TRT channel reported on Tuesday, citing diplomatic sources.
The Turkish delegation will be headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Burak Akcapar. Russia will be represented by Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. The Iranian delegation will be headed by senior advisor to the Iranian Foreign Minister for special political affairs Ali Asghar Khaji, and the Syrian delegation will be led by Deputy Foreign Minister Ayman Susan.
The talks in Moscow will be technical in nature and will prepare for a meeting of the four countries' foreign ministers.
Consultations between the defense ministers of Russia, Syria and Turkey took place in Moscow on December 28, 2022, as part of efforts to normalize relations between Ankara and Damascus. The meeting’s participants reached an agreement to create a trilateral commission. A meeting between the three countries’ top diplomats is expected to follow the consultations to discuss the possibility of talks between Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Bashar al-Assad of Syria. Erdogan told reporters on December 15 that he had suggested Russian President Vladimir Putin host a trilateral meeting involving Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, adding that the summit should be preceded by a meeting between officials from intelligence agencies, defense and foreign ministers.