Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to hold a new summit in Istanbul along the lines of their predecessor in Sochi, bringing together the leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran.

"President Erdogan held a telephone conversation with President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, during which they discussed the latest developments in Syria, foremost of which is Afrin, Idlib and the humanitarian situation in the eastern Ghouta," the Kremlin press office said, according to Russian media.

According to the Kremlin, the two presidents agreed to set up new monitoring sites in the Syrian city of Idlib and hold the next tripartite summit of the guarantor countries in the Turkish city of Istanbul, stressing that the two leaders discussed opportunities for new contacts between Russia, Turkey and Iran on Syria.

The Kremlin said: "Putin and Erdogan agreed to raise the level of coordination between the forces and security services of Russia and Turkey in the fight against terrorism, stressing that they discussed, during the telephone conversation, the importance of strict adherence to the agreements of Astana on Syria.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency