Moscow, Oct 27 (IECurrentAffairs) In view of his participation in the quadrilateral summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to arrive in Istanbul on Saturday. The summit, which is being held on the issue of Syrian settlement, will also see French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
This is the first of such formats where these leaders will assemble. Rather than devising an alternative to other consultations on Syria, the summit will encourage the comparisons of varying positions on the solution of the common problem – the restoration of peace and stability in Syria, a report in the TASS stated.
Staffan de Mistura, UN’s Special Envoy for Syria, who is set to vacate his post at the end of November, is also expected to arrive in Istanbul on Saturday to brief the participants in the summit on the recent developments.
Earlier, de Mistura had said that he wanted to remind the four leaders that after localising the problem in Idlib, an international consensus was essential to support UN actions on establishing a constitutional committee.
The proposal to hold a quadrilateral summit was first suggested by the Turkish president, which was supported by Russia. Aides on international issues to the leaders of Russia, Germany, Turkey and France came together to talk through the substantive part of the summit in mid-September.
The meeting between Putin, Merkel, Erdogan and Macron is scheduled to start at 1400 hours. Following the meeting, the leaders are expected to brief the media.