Turkish president meets German, Russian, French leaders

Baku, October 27, AZERTAC

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held separate meetings Saturday with German, Russian and French leaders ahead of a four-way Syria summit to be held in Istanbul, according to Anadolu Agency.

Erdogan's closed-door meetings with Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron took place at the Vahdettin Pavilion in Istanbul's Uskudar district.

No further details of the gatherings were provided.

The four-way summit on Syria between Turkey, Russia, Germany and France is set to kick off later Saturday.

Staffan de Mistura, the UN special Syria envoy, will also be present.

During the summit, the participants will comprehensively discuss the Syrian conflict, focusing on the situation on the ground, the political process, and ways to harmonize joint efforts to find a lasting solution.

The leaders will also discuss the Sept. 17 agreement between Ankara and Moscow to establish a demilitarized zone in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib.

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