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Turkey: Erdogan, Putin and Rouhani discuss Syrian settlement in Ankara

Turkey, Ankara
September 16, 2019 at 17:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani opened the fifth trilateral meeting between the Astana peace process guarantor nations in Ankara on Monday.

Erdogan called the Astana Format "the only possible platform" to achieve lasting peace in Syria.

"In order to provide peace and stability in Syria, we need to work even more and achieve the goals. The result of a political decision of the issue depends on our efforts," he said.

Rouhani on his part called for American troops to leave Syria "as soon as possible."

Russian leader Putin stated that Idlib's de-escalation zone "shouldn't serve as a refuge for extremists and be the staging area for the armed provocations." He also urged his counterparts to take further steps "to eliminate the terrorist threat from the Idlib region."

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani opened the fifth trilateral meeting between the Astana peace process guarantor nations in Ankara on Monday.

Erdogan called the Astana Format "the only possible platform" to achieve lasting peace in Syria.

"In order to provide peace and stability in Syria, we need to work even more and achieve the goals. The result of a political decision of the issue depends on our efforts," he said.

Rouhani on his part called for American troops to leave Syria "as soon as possible."

Russian leader Putin stated that Idlib's de-escalation zone "shouldn't serve as a refuge for extremists and be the staging area for the armed provocations." He also urged his counterparts to take further steps "to eliminate the terrorist threat from the Idlib region."

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