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11.03.2021

Joint Statement of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, Republic of Turkey, and Russian Federation, Doha, 11 March 2021

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, Republic of Turkey, and Russian Federation had a meeting on 11 March 2021 in Doha to discuss the Syrian crisis and ways of cooperation with the aim of contributing to a lasting political solution.

The Ministers:

  • Emphasized their commitment to preserving the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic in accordance with the UN Charter;
  • Expressed their conviction that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict, and reaffirming their commitment to advancing a political process facilitated by the United Nations to support the Syrian parties to reach a political solution in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and Geneva Communique of 2012;
  • Underscored their determination to combat terrorism in all forms and manifestations and stand against separatist agendas undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria as well as threatening the national security of neighboring countries;
  • Emphasized the important role of the Constitutional Committee and ensuring respect to its Terms of Reference and Core Rules of Procedure by the Syrian parties. Expressed their support for constructive engagement without foreign interference in the work of the Constitutional Committee;
  • Reaffirmed their position on contributing to the work of the Constitutional Committee by supporting the efforts of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Syria, Geir Pedersen, through continuous interaction with the Syrian parties and delegates of the Constitutional Committee in order to ensure its sustainable and effective work to achieve a constitutional reform;
  • Expressed their grave concern in regards to the humanitarian situation in Syria and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the profound challenge it poses to the health system in Syria, and to the social, economic and humanitarian conditions. In this regard, called upon the United Nations and its agencies, particularly the World Health Organization, including through the COVAX initiative, to prioritize vaccination inside Syria;
  • Emphasized the need to increase humanitarian assistance to all Syrians throughout the country without discrimination, politicization and preconditions in order to support improving the humanitarian situation in Syria and achieving progress in the political settlement process, and called upon the international community, the United Nations and its humanitarian agencies to enhance their efforts in this regard;
  • Stressed the need to facilitate the safe and voluntary return of refugees and internally displaced persons. In this regard, expressed their readiness to continue interaction with all relevant parties, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other specialized international agencies;
  • Highlighted the importance of cooperation and support for confidence- building initiatives between the Syrian parties regarding the release of detainees, especially women, children and the elderly, which will contribute to the advancement of the political process by creating positive atmosphere between Syrian parties based on mutual trust.

The Foreign Ministers of the Republic of Turkey and the Russian Federation expressed their gratitude to the State of Qatar for hosting their first consultative meeting on Syria in Doha.

The Ministers decided to assign the envoys of the three countries to continue their efforts to achieve the common goals referred to in this statement.




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