News ID: 270860
Published: 0209 GMT June 30, 2020

Russia, Iran, Turkey presidents to discuss Syria Wednesday

Russia, Iran, Turkey presidents to discuss Syria Wednesday
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The presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey will hold a videoconference Wednesday to discuss the conflict in Syria, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the videoconference will see Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian and Turkish counterparts, Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, make "three statements" before discussing Syria in private.

The call will take place around 1100 GMT, Peskov said.

The talks will be the first since September in the Astana format, in which the three powers discuss developments in Syria, where the conflict has entered its 10th year.

Iran and Russia have been supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey has called for his ouster and backed the opposing side of the war.

Under a diplomatic process dating back to 2017, the trio agreed to work to de-escalate fighting.

After an escalation of violence displaced nearly a million people, Turkey and Russia agreed in March to halt hostilities in northwest Syria’s Idlib region. 

Reuters and AFP contributed to this story.

 

 

   
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