Iranian President is due to travel to Russia's Sochi this Thursday in order to hold talks with his Russian and Turkish counterparts on Syria.

Iran Press/Iran news: According to a statement published by the Iranian government on Tuesday, "Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will travel to the Russian city of Sochi [on the Black Sea coast] at the formal invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the trilateral summit of presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey."

The three presidents are supposed to discuss the joint fight against terrorism in the region, restoring calm to Syria, stabilizing the country and returning the displaced Syrians, IRNA reported.

It will be the fourth such summit between Putin, Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who are expected to review results of the Astana talks in which Syrian opposition and government representatives participated in the Kazakh capital.

The three heads of state will also discuss Syria’s territorial integrity, internal political processes, the popular rule as well as their cooperation in rebuilding the Arab country following eight years of devastating war.

The summit, set for this Thursday, Feb 14, comes after three rounds of talks between the presidents, the last of which was held in September in Tehran.

On Dec 19, 2018, Iran, Russia and Turkey agreed to ramp up efforts aimed at convening the first session of a UN-sponsored Syrian Constitutional Committee early next year in a bid to begin a viable peace process to the Syrian war.

Russia, Iran and Turkey plan to convene the first meeting of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva early in 2019.

More than 330,000 people have been killed in Syria and millions have been driven from their homes since the conflict began in March 2011, and the infrastructure of the country destroyed.104/ 211 /210

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