December 19, 2016 / 3:54 PM / in a year

Putin tells Rouhani he wants Syria conflict resolved soon: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in a phone call on Monday he hoped the two could work together to get a resolution for the Syria crisis as soon as possible, the Kremlin said in a statement.

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during his annual state of the nation address at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, December 1, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo

The call, which the Kremlin said was at Iran’s initiative, came on the eve of a meeting in Moscow of the foreign and defence ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey on Syria.

Putin wants to see new Syrian peace talks involving the Syrian government and the opposition get underway in Kazakhstan and is trying to build support for them.

Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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