Participants of the Astana Talks on Syria (Russia, Iran, Turkey) and members of the so-called Small Group (the UK, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the US and France) can begin dialogue after the establishment of the Syrian constitutional committee, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday during the press conference on the outcomes of the talks with his Iranian colleague Mohammad Javad Zarif.
"We are ready for all contacts. The most important thing is to understand the added value," Lavrov said in response to a question about the possibility of dialogue between the members of the Astana Talks and the Small Group on Syria, TASS reports.
According to the minister, if the Syrian constitutional committee manages to meet in Geneva, "it could be followed by a meeting between representatives of the "small group" and the "Astana format." However, a meeting for the sake of a meeting doesn’t make much sense," Lavrov added.
The decision to set up the Syrian constitutional committee was made at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in January 2018. Last week, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen stated that the committee might begin its work by late September.