Syria's Assad meets with Putin in Russian Federation
Syria's Assad meets with Putin in Russian Federation
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with the Syrian leader Bashar Assad in Sochi Russia
18 May, 2018, 15:55
In his first foreign trip after the USA -led strike on Syria last April, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad paid a visit to Russian Federation where he met with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi resort city on Thursday.
"With the start of the political process in its most active phase, foreign armed forces will withdraw from Syrian territory", Mr Putin said, without specifying which foreign forces.
He also visited Putin in Moscow in October 2015, soon after Russian Federation launched its military operation in Syria.
The two presidents last met in December at a Russian military air base in Syria's coastal province of Latakia.
Putin hailed the Syrian army's victories over militants in Syria, stressing that Syrian soldiers have achieved significant progress recently in boosting the legitimate authority of the Syrian regime.
Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes Syrian President Bashar Assad in Sochi Russia
"The next task, of course, the economic recovery and humanitarian aid for those people in a hard situation", Mr Putin added.
In a statement from the Syrian presidency, Assad added on Thursday "we have evaluated the political process" and will select candidates for a constitutional committee, a suggestion proposed in January at a summit in Sochi, that will work with the United Nations. Merkel has already said that the Syrian war has grown into a conflict of "gigantic proportions", and it is impossible to be solved without backing from Russia, Europe and others - but not the US.
"We know that the political process will not be easy, since there are countries that do not want stability to Syria". He thanked the Russian military for playing an important role in the fight.
Assad said he also discussed with Putin economic cooperation and growing investments by Russian companies in Syria.
"During today's meeting we have agreed upon the next steps with the Syrian president related to countering terrorism and the terrorist groups in Syria", Putin said.
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