Iran Turkey and Russian leaders to meet in Istanbul

Iran Turkey and Russian leaders to meet in Istanbul
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ANKARA - The Turkish and Russian leaders agreed Thursday to hold a trilateral meeting with Iran on Syria, in Istanbul, Anadolu news agency quoted a presidential source as saying without declaring an exact date for the trilateral meeting.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin discussed Syria, particularly Afrin and Idlib, during their phone conversation, said the source who called for anonymity.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had in a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin reiterated his country's opposition to the presence of foreign forces in Syria.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is opposed to the presence of foreign forces on Syrian territories without the permission of the country's government and nation," President Rouhani said.

He warned that continued tension in Northern Syria is beneficial to no one, and expressed hope that all the regional states would respect Syria's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

President Rouhani also underscored the importance of Tehran-Ankara-Moscow cooperation in fighting against terrorism and returning tranquility and stability to Syria, and said, "Such cooperation is necessary similar to the past and it should strengthen and continue until the Syrian people's final victory against the terrorists."

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