Presidents Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russia hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Ankara, Turkey April 4, 2018. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Turkey, Iran and Russia pledged Wednesday to accelerate efforts to bring stability to Syria, underlining their joint commitment to the country a day after President Donald Trump raised the prospect of withdrawing U.S. troops."They wanted to fuel insecurity in order to maintain their own interests but they have gained no success," he told a news conference after talks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia's President Vladimir Putin. He added, however, that he believed U.S. forces would stay in Syria.Turkey has waged a military campaign to drive Kurdish YPG fighters from northwestern Syria's Afrin district, while Russian air power and Iran-backed militias have supported Syrian army offensives in the Idlib and Ghouta regions.
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