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Turkey, Iran, Russia ready to be 'guarantors' in Syria

Turkey, Iran, Russia agreed on a "joint declaration" to find a solution in Syria


Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said Tuesday that Russia, Iran and Turkey are "ready" to be guarantors in Syria.

"Russia, Iran and Turkey are ready to be guarantors for settlement of the Syrian crisis," Shoigu said before a meeting with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts.

He added the 'steps that were taken in Syria with the U.S. had failed.'

The foreign ministers of three countries met in Moscow to discuss the current situation in Syria. They are later expected to hold a joint news conference.

About the assassination of Moscow’s ambassador in Ankara, Shoigu said: "This is a terror attack against Russia."

Andrey Karlov was shot dead at an art exhibition in Ankara Monday evening.

Shoigu hoped those who involved in the attack would be identified and punished. He added Russia would continue with fight against terrorism.

Turkey, Russia, Iran agree on joint Syria declaration

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed on a "joint declaration" to find a solution in Syria.

Lavrov's remarks came following a trilateral meeting on Syria with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts in Moscow.

He said a joint declaration was agreed to find a solution in Syria.

"Turkish-Russian-Iranian cooperation ensures the evacuation of civilians and armed groups from eastern Aleppo," said Lavrov. 

He hoped that evacuations would "end" in one or two days. 

Lavrov said the trilateral format was "effective"

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said a total of 37,500 people have been evacuated from Syria's Aleppo city so far.

"The best solution is political solution. We believe in this. We have to focus on this," said Cavusoglu

Cavusoglu said Turkey will continue with its efforts for Syria

It has resumed Monday under an earlier deal brokered by Turkey and Russia according to which some 20,000 civilians and fighters are to be evacuated from eastern Aleppo on Monday and Tuesday.

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