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Turkey's Erdogan meets Iran minister over Syria

AFP  |  Istanbul 

Turkish on Wednesday met with Iran's foreign minister, who arrived in to brief him on his meeting with Syria's

supports Syrian opposition rebels and backs Assad in Syria's long war, but the two sides have been expanding contacts amid international efforts to end the fighting.

will host a fresh round of talks on April 25-26 in its capital, recently renamed from to Nur-Sultan.

"I had a long interview with I will be giving details of these discussions to Mr. Erdogan," Iran's told reporters in translated comments.

broke ties with in 2011 after the start of the Syrian war, and Erdogan has in the past described Assad as an "assassin".

But Erdogan acknowledged in February that low-level contacts have been taking place and his rhetoric has also softened in tone in recent months.

"In Syria, from the start, on the ground, we do not agree with on many issues," Turkish said on Wednesday. "But we have decided to cooperate with for a "

Repeated rounds of UN-backed peace talks have failed to end the bloodshed, and Iran, and have sponsored the parallel so-called negotiations since early 2017.

Talks among the three countries have focused on the jihadist-held in northwestern Syria, local Syrian media have reported.

That region bordering Turkey, is mostly held by Syria's former affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, and is in theory protected from a massive Syrian regime offensive by a Russia-deal.

The September accord aimed to set up a buffer zone around Idlib, but was never fully implemented as jihadists refused to withdraw.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 18:30 IST