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UN, Iranian diplomats discuss Syria peace in Beirut meeting

UN, Iranian diplomats discuss Syria peace in Beirut meeting

Geir O. Pedersen, a special UN Syria envoy, met with Iranian diplomat Ali Asghar Khaji in Beirut to discuss the latest developments, Al Jazeera reported.

The meeting between United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria and the Senior Assistant to Iran’s Foreign Minister in Special Political Affairs took place on Monday evening in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Embassy in Beirut.

Top diplomats, Pedersen and Khadji, have discussed the aspects of the peace process in Syria, as well as possible agreements with the Syrian authorities.

The UN idea to form Syria’s Constitutional Committee was backed by both sides who also expresses satisfaction with the progress made in that issue.

For Iranian diplomat, the meeting with Pedersen was extremely useful and timely, because Mr Khaji is going to visit Damascus on Tuesday for talks with the Syrian officials.

Iran is one of the three guarantor states of a ceasefire in Syria under the Astana Peace Process and works in cooperation with the UN for the settlement of conflicts in Syria.

UN announces the formation of Syria Constitutional Committee

According to the United Nations, a Syrian constitutional committee made up of opposition, civil society and government members has been finalized after almost two years of negotiations. The 150-member committee will rewrite the Syrian constitution, the UN announcement reads.

The long-awaited announcement of the committee’s formation came during a visit to ­Damascus by the UN envoy to Syria, Mr Pedersen, who held talks with foreign minister Walid al-Moualem.

In a statement, UN Secretary-General said the “Syrian-owned and Syrian-led” constitutional committee will be facilitated by the UN in Geneva, and he highly appreciated Ankara, Moscow, and Tehran for their continuous diplomatic efforts. ­