Turkey and the US have started work on launching a coordination center for the creation of a security zone in Syria.
The guarantor countries of the Astana peace process in Syria (Russia, Turkey and Iran) called on the world community to enhance humanitarian assistance to Syria, Roman Vasilenko, Vice-Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, told a tallying-up briefing on the 13th round of the talks.
The 13th round of the Astana Process Syrian peace talks will take place Aug. 1-2 in Nur-Sultan, reports the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meeting will include for the first time observers from Lebanon and Iraq.
On May 6, while speaking at the North Atlantic Mediterranean Council, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claimed his country was the only NATO member to fight the Islamic State group (IS, also known by its Arabic acronym, Daesh) on the ground in Syria.
The optimism over nuclear diplomacy with Iran has led to speculation that the West could also come to an agreement with Tehran on Syria. But analysts are cautious about such deals.
In light of the international efforts to convene the Geneva II meeting next month – aimed at getting all the political actors in Syria, including opposition elements and the Assad government, to the table – USAK's Middle East expert Ali Bakeer was asked about the course that political developments surrounding Syria could take, who are the actors involved, and what roles do they play.
For two years, Russia gave increasingly crucial military and diplomatic support to Syria’s beleaguered President Bashar al-Assad as the Syrian civil war deepened.
France will say no to Iran's efforts to mediate in the Syria conflict when President François Hollande meets Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Paris wants a resolution that is "as binding as possible" on Syria's chemical weapons arsenal to be passed.
Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and UN Special Representative Lakhdar just emerged from their discussion about a potential Geneva 2 peace conference to make brief, individual statements. Questions were not taken. According to Kerry, if progress can be made on the chemical issue he and Lavrov would likely meet in New York on or about September 28 to try to arrive at a date for the peace conference.
At the Munich Security Conference 2011 NATO Secretary General Rasmussen introduced a new concept of defense, capable of creating more favorable conditions in the field of security with fewer resources through closer cooperation and flexible than it was before. It is based on the principle of differentiated responsibilities of the Alliance members with different capabilities, taking into account, in what areas they have an advantage. And the search for common ground with other organizations. In the first place with the European Union, whose interests in the field of security is largely coincide with those of NATO. But as for an organization such as the Collective Security Treaty Organization, NATO is still only prefers to develop bilateral relations with each of the members of this organization. Strengthening of cooperation with the countries of the CSTO is dictated by the situation in neighboring Afghanistan. As well as the modernization of NATO itself.