The Syrian Foreign Minister, Faisal Miqdad, announced that the bilateral meetings he held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly showed a change in the international political atmosphere towards the regime, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan stated that it had not received a request from the concerned countries to hold a new meeting of the Constitutional Committee for Syria.
Al-Miqdad said, in statements to the regime’s news agency, SANA, that “the most important thing during the work of the General Assembly, whether in statements by representatives of member states or during bilateral meetings held on the sidelines of the General Assembly, was the change in the international political atmosphere towards the Syrian issue in general.”
Regarding the meetings of the Assad regime delegation in New York with some Arab foreign ministers, including Egypt, Miqdad considered that “the meetings with them are undoubtedly important, and we welcome any initiative to restore normal relations.” Miqdad considered the “unprecedented” meetings held by the regime’s delegation in New York “an important indicator of the trends on the international scene, which have come to realize that Syria, with its national and civilized identity and what it achieved in its war against terrorism, has made it clear that, despite its openness to the return of normal relations, it will not succumb to pressure and will not accept any political conditions.”
Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper had quoted Egyptian diplomatic sources as saying that the meeting between Miqdad and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in New York was preceded by contacts that took place between Cairo and the regime over a period of days, to discuss the importance of holding it on American soil, and the possibility of achieving progress in convincing countries. Arab League to take the step of restoring order to the Arab League.
The sources indicated that the return of the Assad regime to the university is a matter of personal concern to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, as part of his efforts, in cooperation with the UAE, to end the effects of the Arab Spring.
During the last period, there was talk of an improvement in relations between the Assad regime and some Arab countries, especially Jordan, which began a series of measures to normalize relations in many economic and security fields.
On the other hand, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry announced that the guarantor states of the Astana Process (Russia, Iran and Turkey) did not submit a request to hold the next international meeting on Syria in the Astana format in the capital, Nur-Sultan.
In response to a question about the date of the next meeting in Nur-Sultan, sources in the ministry’s press service office said, according to what was reported by “TASS” agency, “that the guarantor countries have not yet communicated with the Kazakh Foreign Ministry on the subject of talks on Syria.”
Earlier reports indicated that the meeting of the Syrian Constitutional Committee may be held in the Kazakh capital this October.
On the other hand, the Turkish National Security Council affirmed the responsibility of the actors in the Syrian affairs to achieve peace in Syria, stressing that targeting civilians disturbs the fragile balance in the region and leads to the continuation of the conflict.
The National Security Council, headed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met Thursday evening in the capital, Ankara, a day after a meeting between Turkish President and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the Russian city of Sochi.
According to what was reported by Anadolu Agency, the Council affirmed the responsibility of the actors and parties involved in the Syrian issue regarding achieving peace, stability and prosperity for the Syrian people.
He also stressed that targeting civilians and harming stability in Syria upset the fragile balance in the region and prevented a permanent solution to the conflict.