UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen said ‘Syrians, not outsiders’ would draft the country’s future constitution [Denis Balibouse/Reuters]

The United Nations special envoy for Syria will meet the foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Russia in Geneva on Tuesday, a day before talks tasked with mapping out the war-torn country’s post-conflict political arrangements are scheduled to begin.

Announcing the plan for discussions with Turkey’s Mevlut Cavusoglu, Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif and Russia’s Sergey Lavrov, UN envoy Geir Pedersen on Monday said the fighting in northeast Syria and Idlib province was “just another proof of the importance to get a serious political process under way”.


Russia and Iran are major backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey supports opposition groups in Idlib, the

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