Iran, Turkey back Syria congress: Putin

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan meet in Sochi

The leaders of Iran and Turkey have supported the convocation of a Syrian peoples’ congress as one of the first steps to establish inclusive dialogue in the war-ravaged country, Russian President Vladimir Putin says.

Speaking after meeting his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani and Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan, Putin on Wednesday said the three leaders had instructed their diplomats, security and defence bodies to work on the composition and date of the congress.

Syria’s leadership is committed to the peace process, constitutional reform and free elections, Putin said after the trilateral meeting held in the southern Russian city of Sochi.

The three presidents agreed to step up efforts to finish off “terrorist” groups in Syria, he said.

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