Putin to hold Syria talks Wednesday with Turkey, Iran

Iran and Russia have been staunch supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad. (File/AFP)
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Updated 30 June 2020

Putin to hold Syria talks Wednesday with Turkey, Iran

  • The video conference will see Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani make “three statements” before discussing Syria in private
  • The talks will be the first since September in the so-called Astana format

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the Syrian conflict on Wednesday with the leaders of Turkey and Iran, the Kremlin said.
Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said told the video conference will see Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani make “three statements” before discussing Syria in private.
The call will take place around 1100 GMT, Peskov said.
The talks will be the first since September in the so-called Astana format, in which the three powers discuss developments in Syria, where the conflict has entered its 10th year.
Iran and Russia have been staunch supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Turkey has called for his ouster and backed opposition fighters.


Gas explosion shakes building in Tehran, one person injured

Updated 20 min 9 sec ago

Gas explosion shakes building in Tehran, one person injured

  • Several gas cylinders kept in a basement blew up, damaging the building and injuring a resident
  • There have been several explosions around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities since late June

DUBAI: A gas explosion shook a residential building in Iran's capital Tehran on Saturday, injuring one person, the semi-official ISNA news agency quoted the city fire department as saying.
Several gas cylinders kept in a basement blew up, damaging the building and injuring a resident, a fire department spokesman told ISNA.
There have been several explosions around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities since late June.

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