The heads of the Turkish, Russian and Iranian states will hold talks in Iran on September 7 for their third tripartite summit on Syria, the state television TRT announced on Monday. "President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Iran on September 7 for talks on Syria, and will attend the summit with Russia and Iran," says TRT.
This announcement comes at a time when an attack by the Syrian regime against the province of Idleb, the country's last insurgent stronghold, seems imminent. This region was one of the "de-escalation zones" set up in Syria after the Astana peace talks, sponsored by Russia and Iran, supporters of the Damascus regime, and Turkey, rebel support.
During a visit to Moscow last week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu warned of a possible "catastrophe" in case of "military solution" to Idleb.
The last meeting of this type between the Russian, Turkish and Iranian presidents took place in Ankara in April, and before that in Sochi, Russia, last November. According to the private NTV channel, the summit will be held in Tabriz (north) rather than Tehran.