Rouhani and Erdogan meet following US decision on Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday held talks with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in Ankara, AFP reported.
The meeting follows the White House announcement yesterday that the US was pulling its troops out of Syria.
Speaking to reporters before departure for Ankara yesterday, Rouhani said that “economic relations” would top the agenda of the talks, according to the Turkish pro-government Daily Sabah.
However, AFP noted that, in light of the US decision, Syria would likely now dominate the talks.
Turkey has been working with Iran and Russia to reach a solution in Syria through the Astana process launched last year.
While Trump administration officials have in the past said that US strategy in Syria encompassed a range goals including curbing Iranian influence in the country, Trump tweeted yesterday that defeating ISIS, a mission he said had been accomplished, was his “only reason” for having US troops in Syria.