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Syria welcomes results of Sochi summit between Iran, Russia, Turkey

Syria has welcomed the closing statement of a trilateral summit of Iran, Russia, and Turkey which called for a political settlement of the conflict in the war-torn country.

According to Press TV, a statement released by the Syrian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said “In light of the Syrian Arab Republic’s commitment to support any political step that respects the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria and contributes to sparing the blood of the Syrian people, the Syrian government welcomes the final statement of the tripartite summit held today in Sochi.”

The statement was released following a meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Following their meeting, the three presidents attended a press conference and issued a joint statement, reaffirming their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria.

They also stressed the determination of the three countries to continue working together to help restore peace in Syria and praised their cooperation aimed at safeguarding a ceasefire in Syria that came during the intra-Syrian talks brokered by the three countries in the Kazakh capital, Astana.

The three leaders also agreed to a “congress” of Syria’s government and opposition forces to be held in Sochi.

According to the UN, over 330,000 people have lost their lives in Syria since the foreign-back militancy began in the country in 2011. The world body also says the violence has already displaced over half of Syria’s 18 million-strong population, both internally and abroad.

In recent months, Syrian government troops, backed by Iranian military advisors and Russian airstrikes, dealt crushing blows to Takfiri terrorists. Over the weekend, the Syrian troops also managed to retake the last urban center from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, days after Iraqi forces also declared that they had recaptured Daesh’s last stronghold in the Arab country.

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