Putin says that formation of Syrian Constitutional Committee is about to be completed
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In a news conference held after a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara before the start of a tripartite summit of the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the formation of a Syrian Constitutional Committee is about to be completed.
Putin said that they must agree on the work mechanism of this committee, and ensure the independence of its members, so they will not be exposed to any external pressure.
The Russian president added that he discussed with his Turkish counterpart the situation in the de-escalation zone in Idlib, the situation east of the Euphrates and ways to resolve the complicated issues in Syria. Putin expressed thanks to Turkey for its leadership and inspiration turn in the formation of a list of the names in the Constitutional Committee.
Earlier today, Russian president Vladimir Putin and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani arrived in Ankara for the fifth summit with their Turkish counterpart on Syria. The summit will focus on recent developments in Idlib governorate and the possibility of a permanent truce there, according to the Turkish President.
At the end of January 2018, the final statement of the Sochi National Dialogue Conference announced the decision to form a constitutional committee, whose task is to form a constitutional reform comprising persons from the opposition, the Syrian government and independents determined by the United Nations.
The Constitutional Committee is supposed to consist of 150 members in three lists, each of 50 members. The Syrian government determines the names of the first list, the Syrian opposition determines the names of the second list. The third will be selected by the UN envoy, as it is still a controversy issue so far.