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September 17, 2018 9:58 am

Turkey’s Erdogan Says His Meeting With Putin on Syria Will Bring Hope

avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 7, 2018. Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev / Pool via Reuters.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that a joint statement on Syria due to be made after his meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin would bring “new hope” to the region.

Erdogan was speaking to reporters before the two men met in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.

“The statement which we will make after the meeting in Sochi will contain new hope for the region,” Erdogan said through an interpreter. He gave no indication of what would be in the statement.

Turkey, which supports Syrian rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad, has been holding talks with his allies Russia and Iran over the fate of Syria’s rebel-held Idlib and surrounding districts which Assad has vowed to recapture.

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