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Iran, Russia, Turkey presidents to hold Syria talks in Ankara next week

President Hassan Rouhani is due in Ankara next week to hold the second round of talks with his Russian and Turkish counterparts about the latest developments in Syria.

According to Press TV, Rouhani will leave Tehran for Ankara on Tuesday at the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Iranian president’s deputy chief of staff for communications and information, Parviz Esmaeili, said on Saturday.

He added that the Iranian president would deliver a speech at the trilateral summit and hold separate meetings with Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss ways to develop regional and international cooperation.

The Iranian, Russian and Turkish presidents held a trilateral meeting on the Syrian crisis in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in November 2017.

Rouhani lauded the defeat of the Daesh terror group in Iraq and Syria, but underlined the need for continued battle against terrorism until the eradication of all Takfiri terrorist outfits in Syria.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian and Turkish counterparts, Sergei Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu, convened in the Kazakh capital of Astana earlier this month and discussed the situation in Syria.

They reaffirmed the three countries’ strong commitment to Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.