Rouhani to leave for Russia on Wed.

TEHRAN, Nov. 20 (MNA) – An official from Iranian presidential office tweeted that President Rouhani will leave Tehran for Russian port city of Sochi on Wednesday.

“Upon the invitation of President Putin of Russia, President Hassan Rouhani will leave Tehran on Wednesday for Russia’s Sochi for a one-day trilateral meeting of the three presidents of Iran. Russia, and Turkey,” reads Parviz Esmaili’s tweet of Monday. He is an official at Iranian Presidential Office.

The Iranian official recounted that in addition to the trilateral summit of the three presidents, they will also hold bilateral meetings at the venue.

The one day presidential summit is aimed to further dialogue over finding a political settlement for the over a 6.5 year crisis in Syria.

To prepare the agenda of the summit and the early draft of the final statement of the event, senior experts from the three guarantor states of Iran, Turkey, and Russia convened in Iranian capital city of Tehran on Saturday and then the three foreign ministers of the troika met a day later on Sunday in Turkish port city of Antalya.

Earlier accounts of the summit delineated that Iranian President Rouhani, President Erdogan of Turkey, and President Putin of Russia will also exchange views on regional developments, necessary steps to de-escalate violence in the region especially in Syria, dispatch of humanitarian reliefs to war-hit people, and the role of guarantor states at Geneva peace talks on Syria.

Iran, Russia, and Turkey are the three guarantor states of Syria peace process who supervise the establishment of peace and conclusion of political resolution for the war-struck country.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister and Government Spokesman Bekir Bozdag told the media on last Thursday that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey will hold serious talks with his Iranian counterpart President Hassan Rouhani and President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

On the other hand, Russian First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council's Committee on International Affairs Vladimir Dzhabarov told the media that the meeting will be focused on US measures in Syria and adoption of a unanimous approach to this issue.

The foreign ministers of the three guarantor states got together in Russian capital city of Moscow on December 20, 2016 and after voicing support for resurrecting Syrian peace talks, agreed to mediate between Bashar Assad and his opposition groups to broker a concluding agreement in Syria.

At the end of the trilateral meeting in Moscow, the three foreign minister issued a joint statement underlining the independence and territorial integrity of Syria as a multi-racial, multi-sectarian, non-tribal, and democratic country with stress on finding a political solution for the crisis.

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