The defense ministers of Russia, Iran, Turkey and Syria discussed regional security issues, according to what the Russian Ministry of Defense announced today (Tuesday). And it stated in a statement that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held several bilateral talks with the defense ministers of Iran, Syria and Turkey, who are in Moscow. During the meetings, issues of bilateral cooperation were discussed, in addition to various aspects of ensuring global and regional security.
She added that Shoigu discussed with his three counterparts issues of enhancing security in Syria and combating terrorism, stressing that during the meeting practical steps to enhance security in Syria and normalize Syrian-Turkish relations were discussed.
The statement pointed out that during the talks, attention was paid to confronting terrorist threats and fighting all extremist groups on Syrian soil. The Russian Ministry of Defense said that the four countries reaffirmed their desire to preserve the territorial integrity of Syria, and the need to intensify efforts for the speedy return of Syrian refugees to their homeland.
At the conclusion of the talks, the parties renewed their endeavor to preserve the territorial integrity of Syria, and the need to intensify efforts for the rapid return of Syrian refugees to their homeland.
For its part, Ankara reported that the defense ministers and intelligence chiefs of Turkey, Russia, Iran and Syria held constructive talks in Moscow. In a statement, it added that the ministers and intelligence chiefs discussed, at the meeting, strengthening security in Syria and normalizing relations between Ankara and Damascus.
According to the Turkish statement, the defense ministers and heads of intelligence services stressed the importance of continuing the meetings in the quadripartite format to ensure stability in Syria and the region as a whole, and stressed the importance of continuing the meetings in the quadripartite format to ensure its achievement.