WATCH: Syrian Foreign Minister addresses the U.N. General Assembly

Deputy Prime Minister for Syrian Arab Republic Walid Al-Moualem addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, September 23, 2017.  (photo credit: REUTERS/EDUARDO MUNOZ)
Deputy Prime Minister for Syrian Arab Republic Walid Al-Moualem addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, September 23, 2017.
(photo credit: REUTERS/EDUARDO MUNOZ)
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem is expected to address the UN General Assembly on Saturday, touching on several pressing issues of the war-torn country.
On the sidelines of the UNGA, Muallem met with his Iranian counterpart earlier in the day, discussing the implementation of the Russian-Turkish memorandum on the creation of the demilitarized zone in Syrian Idlib, the Russian Sputnik news agency reported.
"The discussion revolved around the latest meetings between the guarantors of the Astana process, the implementation of the Sochi agreements and the constitutional commission. The sides agreed to continue consultations, cooperation and coordination," the Syrian Foreign Ministry said as quoted by Sputnik.
The Russian-Turkish deal has, for now, averted a full-scale Syrian government offensive in Idlib, which along with adjacent areas of the northwest is the rebels' last major foothold. The agreement requires "radical" insurgents to withdraw from a demilitarized zone along the frontlines by October 15.
Muallem also spoke with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and asked him to confirm that the United Nations was ready to make efforts to work to provide humanitarian aid and promote the political process without any external intervention.
Seth Frantzman contributed to this report.