December 09
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Syria considers the Astana process involving Russia, Iran and Turkey viable, but calls on Ankara to take its commitments within this format more seriously, Arab Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told RIA Novosti.

"Our friends, both Russia and Iran, know our needs very well. They have always supported our demands. In my opinion, they are on the right side, and Syria supports the Astana process. Why? Because it is the only viable format in which real results have been achieved. Many achievements have been made possible through the Astana process," Mekdad said on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's high-level week in New York.

According to the minister, Syria calls on Ankara to "take its commitments" under the format "more seriously. "This is the only problem we face, but we believe that the efforts of our friends, the Russians and Iranians, are being put in the right direction," Mekdad noted.

The Syrian foreign minister also told the agency that he has not held any meetings on the margins of the UNGA with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, and there is virtually no dialogue between the countries on normalizing relations at the moment. "There are no negotiations. There are no contacts. There is nothing - at least at the level of foreign ministers," the minister said.

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