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Turkish, Russian and Iranian presidents to hold joint news conference

A tripartite summit on Syria was held Wednesday in the capital Ankara with the participation of Turkish, Russian and Iranian presidents.

The first tripartite summit was held in the Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi on Nov. 22, 2017, to discuss progress made in the Astana peace talks and changes in de-escalation zones across Syria.

The closed-door meeting among Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani started at 13.32 p.m. local time (1032GMT) and lasted around one hour and 40 minutes.

A joint statement will be released following the joint news conference.

Continuation of the ongoing cease-fire in Syria, territorial integrity of the country and preventing the cease-fire violations were expected to top the agenda.

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