“Astana process” to revive the Syrian peace process: Turkey PM

Vastavam web: Turkey’s Prime Minister said today that the “Astana process” to revive the Syrian peace process, led by Russia, Turkey and Iran, is working alongside the UN’s long-running Geneva discussions rather than competing with them.”This process is not competing with the Geneva process,” Binali Yildirim said during an address at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London.He also hosted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last week for three hours of talks aimed at laying the groundwork for progress in the long-dormant peace process.
The flurry of activity has resulted in the establishment of four “de-escalation” zones inside Syria.This small measure of success contrasts with THE stalled efforts at ending the war in Geneva.But the Turkish prime minister reiterated his country’s determination to see Bashar al-Assad leave power.”Look how things evolved in Syria, who caused Syria to be in the situation that it is today — it all happened because of the regime, because of Assad,” he said.
He added in the long-term, “Assad cannot possibly survive in Syria, we have to accept this”.Yildrim also took the opportunity to reaffirm Turkey’s commitment to NATO, but noted the tensions over American alliances in the fight against Islamic State (IS).