Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Monday evening, to attend the trilateral summit with his Iranian counterparts, Ibrahim Raisi and Russian Vladimir Putin.
The Iranian Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) stated that Erdogan and his accompanying delegation arrived at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran.
The three leaders are expected to hold their talks at Saadabad Palace on Tuesday, and official statements stated that the main issue would be the situation in Syria, and observers expected that the meeting would also discuss the Russian war on Ukraine.
The three countries had held negotiations in the past on the future of Syria.
This summit is the seventh for the presidents of the three countries sponsoring Syrian peace in the Astana format.
It is noteworthy that the first summit of the three countries was held in the Russian resort of Sochi in 2017, following the negotiations that took place in the city of Astana, Kazakhstan, between representatives of the parties to the Syrian conflict to discuss reaching a ceasefire agreement and a political solution to the crisis in Syria.
Tehran preempted the summit by assuring that the leaders participating in it would discuss how to reach political settlements for the region’s crises and the issue of food security.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Iranian Ibrahim Raisi and Russian Vladimir Putin will attend the seventh trilateral summit of the Astana process, to discuss the current developments in Syria.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that the upcoming meetings between the presidents of Iran, Russia and Türkiye will give an impetus to strengthening relations and developing economic cooperation, focusing on regional security, in addition to ensuring food security.
For his part, the Kremlin spokesman said that he hopes that agreements will be signed with the Iranian side that include comprehensive strategic cooperation between the two countries.
As for Ankara, it revealed that Istanbul will host a meeting next week to discuss the technical details of how to transport grain from Ukraine.
While Russia is waging war on Ukraine, Türkiye also wants to launch a military operation in northern Syria against areas controlled by the Syria Democratic Forces, of which Kurdish fighters form its backbone.
On the other hand, the coordinator of strategic communications in the US National Security Council, John Kirby, said that Washington is concerned about Iran and Russia’s cooperation in the sale of drones that Moscow could use in the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Kirby described Russia’s resort to Iran to obtain drones as an indication of how isolated the two countries are.
The US official added that Iran refuses to condemn what he described as Russia’s unjustified aggression against Ukraine, and that it is ready to help Moscow in this war.
Kirby stressed that the US administration will work to continuously ensure that it provides Ukraine with security assistance to better defend itself.
The tripartite meeting comes days after US President Joe Biden’s tour of the Middle East, where he visited Israel and occupied Palestine, in addition to Saudi Arabia, where he met the leaders of the Arab Gulf states, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq.