“Russia has offered to host a preliminary meeting to prepare this quadrilateral meeting,” Cavusoglu said.
The deputy foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey, Syria and Iran will meet next week in Moscow, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said today, ahead of talks scheduled to take place later between the foreign ministers.
Cavusoglu said that his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdolakhian wanted to participate in the talks between Turkey, Syria and Russia, and that Turkey accepted.
“Astana is in any case the only scheme that has survived to deal with the situation in Syria. Now we are planning a meeting between the four foreign ministers,” Cavusoglu said at a joint press conference with Amirabdolakhian.
“Russia has offered to host a preliminary meeting in preparation for this quadrilateral meeting. This meeting will take place at the level of deputy foreign ministers next week in Moscow”, he added.
Moscow supports a rapprochement between Damascus and Ankara. It hosted talks between the defense ministers of the two countries in December and aims for meetings between the foreign ministers and eventually the presidents.
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