Assad Meets Putin As War Continues In Syria

18 May, 2018, 15:57 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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Thursday, 17, may, Sochi hosted a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, said the press service of the Russian AP.

"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.

The visit of Assad to Sochi is his second, as last November the president met with Putin in Sochi and hailed the Russian support to Syria.

Putin told Assad that in the light of success of the Syrian army foreign forces should be withdrawn from the war-torn country.

"The next task, of course, the economic recovery and humanitarian aid for those people in a hard situation", Mr Putin added. The fallout over the Iran deal is a rare topic for rapprochement between Europe and Moscow, whose relations are marred by disagreements over the Syria conflict, Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea and the subsequent war in eastern Ukraine.

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In a statement from the Syrian presidency, Mr Assad said "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.

"Stability is growing, and all this opens the door to a political process that we started some time ago. However, together with you and our other partners and friends, we will move firmly forward with the peace process", Assad was quoted as saying.

They said issues on the table may include economic impact on India and Russian Federation in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the situation in Afghanistan, Syria, threat of terrorism and matters relating to upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and BRICS summits.

Syria's conflict began with mass protests against the Assad family's decades-long rule.

It said that Russian Federation welcomes and supports this decision based on agreements reached in national dialogue meetings in Sochi.

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