Switzerland: De Mistura backs Putin-Trump statement to aid Syria settlement — diplomat

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov commented on his meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura at which he discussed the upcoming round of Syria peace talks, in Geneva on Tuesday. Gatilov said the meeting was important since it was held following a joint statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump on their mutual support for the... Еще sovereignty of Syria. «It's clearly stated that both leaders mutually support Syrian sovereignty and the integrity of the state, the next steps to combat terrorism are defined, to destroy ISIS and its terrorist affiliates; and also means for further political regulation are set,» stated Gatilov. He also said that de Mistura «evaluated rather highly the statement of the two leaders, and in his opinion it creates a situation of a new quality in the settlement of [the] Syria [conflict].» Gatilov also emphasised the importance of Kurds being taken into consideration when the future of Syria is decided, since «they are a serious political and military force so to make any decisions about the future of the Syrian governmental structure, its future political development, is impossible without them.»

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