Presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran To Discuss Measures To End Syria War

Presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran will meet on Tuesday as part of the so-called “Astana Peace Process” in Tehran to discuss measures seeking to end more than 11 years of war in Syria.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan already arrived in Tehran on Monday evening and Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive on Tuesday morning for the tripartite meeting of heads of states of the Astana Format.

All the three countries have been actively involved in the Syria war. Russia and Iran are supporting the Assad regime while Turkey considers toppling the regime as key to peace and stability in war-hit Syria.

Moreover, Erdogan has recently threatened to launch a new offensive in northern Syria against Kurdistan militants (PKK).

Iran’s President Raisi, who is hosting the summit, had earlier shown objection to Turkey’s military action in Syria, warning that it could destabilize the region.

The summit will also provide a ground for Erdogna to hold his first meeting with Putin since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Erdogan had repeatedly called on Putin to agree for a direct meeting with the Ukraine president in Turkey in order to find a political solution to the Ukraine crisis.  

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that the main topic of the Astana talks would be focused on measures on how to de-escalate tension in conflict zones in Syria.

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