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Exploring Next Steps Toward Syria Peace

Hassan Rouhani (L), Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) and Vladimir Putin of Russia lock hands while posing for photos at the start of a summit on Syria in Ankara on April 4. Hassan Rouhani (L), Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) and Vladimir Putin of Russia lock hands while posing for photos at the start of a summit on Syria in Ankara on April 4.

Presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey agreed on Wednesday to step up cooperation to speed the peace process in Syria and help stabilize the war-ravaged country after seven years of conflict.
Hassan Rouhani, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Ankara for their second summit to discuss Syria’s future and next steps in the Arab state since attending a similar meeting in the Russian Black Sea city of Sochi in November. 
In a joint statement issued at the end of the negotiations in the Turkish capital, the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and emphasized the need to draw up a new constitution for the country under the auspices of the United Nations, Iran’s presidential website reported. 

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