Putin, Erdogan, Rouhani extend circle of trust in Syria

As the Astana process seizes the initiative on Syria, the United States could put Israel-Lebanon shuttle diplomacy to the test on Hezbollah.

The Astana framework established by Iran, Turkey and Russia has eclipsed the Geneva peace process for Syria. Here, Presidents Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russia demonstrate unity at a joint news conference in Ankara, Turkey, April 4, 2018. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

The same week that US President Donald Trump announced his intention to “get out” of Syria and withdraw the remaining 2,000 American troops there “very soon,” the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran were once again meeting to chart Syria’s future.

On April 4, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara for a trilateral summit on Syria, their second in six months.

writes, “The leaders have come to believe the real shots regarding Syria are being called in the meetings among themselves.

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