The Latest: Turkey president pleased with Syria talks result

The Latest on Syria talks (all times local):

6:25 p.m.

Turkey’s president says trilateral talks with the leaders of Russia and Iran have critical importance for bringing peace to Syria.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking after Wednesday’s talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, said they agreed to help support a full-scale political process in Syria.

Erdogan said the three leaders discussed ways to support another round of Syria peace talks set to start in Geneva later this month. He emphasized the need to deliver humanitarian aid to Syria.

Even though Russia and Iran back Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government and Turkey supports his foes, the three countries have teamed up to help broker a peace settlement.

Wednesday’s talks follow Assad’s surprise visit to Russia Monday for talks with Putin

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6:20 p.m.

Iran’s president says trilateral talks between Iran, Russia and Turkey will help stabilize Syria.

Hassan Rouhani, speaking after Wednesday’s talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, hailed the talks as “very useful.”

He said that the three leaders supported holding the so-called Congress of National Dialogue between Syrian factions in Sochi.

Even though Russia and Iran back Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government, and Turkey supports his foes, the three countries have teamed up to try and broker a peace settlement.

Wednesday’s talks followed Assad’s surprise visit to Russia on Monday for talks with Putin that the Kremlin said were intended to help lay the groundwork for the trilateral meeting of Russia, Turkey and Iran.

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6 p.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that trilateral talks with leaders of Turkey and Iran will help advance a peace settlement in Syria.

Putin, speaking after Wednesday’s talks in Sochi with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, said that they agreed to encourage efforts to establish a dialogue between various political groups in Syria.

The trilateral meeting follows Syrian President Bashar Assad’s surprise visit to Russia Monday, which the Kremlin said helped lay the groundwork for Wednesday’s meeting.

Putin emphasized that Assad pledged to conduct constitutional reforms and hold new elections under U.N. supervision.

Erdogan emphasized that the three nations will help stage a meeting of Syrian groups hosted by…

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