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Turkey's Erdogan says will discuss Syrian dialogue congress with Russia's Putin
November 13, 2017 / 11:50 AM / 4 days ago

Turkey's Erdogan says will discuss Syrian dialogue congress with Russia's Putin

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday he would discuss a planned Moscow-backed Syrian congress with Russian President Vladimir Putin during an official visit to Russia’s Sochi.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting in Sochi, Russia November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Pavel Golovkin/Pool

Speaking to reporters before departing for visits to Russia, Kuwait and Qatar, Erdogan also said he would ask Putin to remove obstacles to visa-free travel with Russia.

The Russian-sponsored Syrian Congress on National Dialogue, scheduled for Nov. 18, has been postponed and the main Syrian Kurdish group will not be invited if it is held later after objections by Turkey, an Erdogan spokesman said last week.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by David Dolan

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