Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu have discussed stabilization in Idlib, the Syrian Constitutional Committee and the repatriation of refugees. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the meeting was held as part of a session of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Baku, TASS reported.
"Much attention at the negotiations was paid to the Syrian political settlement, in particular the implementation of the Memorandum on the Stabilization of the Situation in the Idlib De-escalation Zone, the results of the 11th international meeting on Syria in Astana on November 28-29, the prospects of launching the work of the Constitutional Committee with participation of all representatives of civic society, the development of humanitarian support for the Syrian people, the creation of conditions for the restoration of Syria’s infrastructure and the return of refugees and internally displaced people to their homes," the report says.
The ministers also shared positions on the situation in the Middle East, North Africa, South Caucasus, Ukraine and the Black Sea region. "Much attention was paid to communication at venues of international organizations, including the BSEC, where Russia and Turkey play a key role in providing successful and effective work," the Russian Foreign Ministry noted. In addition, the sides discussed bilateral cooperation in the energy industry.