Oct 27, 2018 17:36 UTC
  • Leaders of Russia, Germany, France, Turkey meet in Istanbul to discuss Syria

The leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Turkey have gathered in the Turkish city of Istanbul to try and find a lasting political solution to the conflict in Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are due to take part in four-way talks in Istanbul on Saturday.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura , who is stepping down at the end of next month for family reasons, is also taking part in the summit.

The four leaders are also expected to extensively discuss a ceasefire in the northern province of Idlib, the last major terrorist-held bastion in Syria.

They are expected to issue a joint statement ahead of individual press conferences.

The Turkish president held bilateral meetings with his Russian and French counterparts on the sideline of the summit.

The summit comes a month after Ankara and Moscow brokered a deal to create a demilitarized zone in Idlib region, home to three million people.