Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visit Sochi two days after Russian president hosted Syria’s Bashar al-Assad

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, have arrived in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi for talks with Vladimir Putin that are expected to focus on a political settlement for postwar Syria.

The mini-summit of the three countries – which this year helped broker a truce between Syrian government troops and the opposition in several areas – comes two days after Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, visited the Russian president in Sochi.

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