Putin, Erdogan discuss military coordination in Syria

Citing Al-Alam, another Iranian state channel, state channel IRIB reported without producing any evidence that the Turkish army used chemical weapons during its Operation Olive Branch to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.

Elsewhere in the meeting, Iranian president hailed Sochi summit's role in resolving the regional issues, saying "fortunately, the tripartite relations between Iran, Turkey and Russian Federation today are very important in regional affairs, while in the current situation, the need for further consultation and cooperation is needed to resolve the Syrian crisis".

The two leaders also hailed progress made at Sochi talks, which was started by Russian Federation and supported by Turkey and Iran.

He warned against what he called attempts to "alter geographical borders in the region" including that of Syria. But along with Iran they have sponsored a series of meetings - held mainly in Kazakhstan, but most recently in Sochi, Russia, in late January - that they say are aimed at ending the conflict.

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In addition to diplomatic figures, the dinner guests included high-profile Swedish actors Stellan Skarsgard and Alicia Vikander . Prince William and Catherine will also meet academics on their trip to hear about how Sweden deals with mental health issues.

The airstrike came amid the ongoing military showdown between the Turkish forces and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in the countryside of Afrin.

In Idlib, the last province under control of Syrian rebel forces, heavy fighting has been going on in recent days between opposition fighters and the Syrian government forces.

The three nations are the guarantors of the Astana process, a forum for holding talks on ceasefires in Syria based in the Kazakh capitals.

  • Megan Austin