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Working group established for Syria constitution

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a panel discussion in Munich, Germany on 19 February, 2017 [Turkish Foreign Ministry handout/Ahmet Gumus/Anadolu Agency]

Delegations from Turkey, Russia and Iran have agreed to establish a Joint Working Group to set up a constitutional committee for Syria in Geneva, diplomatic sources said today.

The group will consist of experts from the three guarantor countries to facilitate the negotiations under UN auspices, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restriction on speaking to the media.

Yesterday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said discussions had been held regarding “the formation of a constitutional committee and its codes of practice which constitute an important step in the struggle of finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis.”

READ: Tehran summit calls for political solution in Syria

UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura will meet on Friday with officials from Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, UK and the US.

On 18 September, he will update the UN Security Council on the outcome of the two-day talks.

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