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Tripartite summit on Syria held in Ankara

Turkish, Russian and Iranian presidents during theire meeting in Ankara, Turkey
A tripartite summit on Syria was held Wednesday in the capital Ankara, in a new symbol of an increasingly deep cooperation, with the participation of Turkish, Russian and Iranian presidents. 
 
The presidents of Iran, Turkey and Russia vowed to work for a lasting ceasefire after over seven years of civil war in Syria, following a summit aimed at boosting both peace prospects and also their influence in the country. 
 
The meeting in Ankara was the second such tripartite summit after the first was held in Russia’s Black Sea city 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 and lasted around one hour and 40 minutes.
 
A joint communique 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. 
 
Hours before the summit, US President Donald Trump said he wanted to "bring our troops back home" from Syria after indicating last week the US would withdraw from the country "very soon".
 
But Rouhani hit back, saying that the "Americans say something different every day."
 

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