Sunday, 20 May, 2018

Syria's Assad meets with Putin in Russian Federation

Narendra Modi Narendra Modi
Charlie Simmons | 18 May, 2018, 15:54

Russian Federation welcomes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's decision to send a delegation to the United Nations to set up the constitutional committee, President Vladimir Putin said at talks with the Syrian leader on Thursday.

"Of course, after this military success, additional conditions have been created to restart a full-format political process", he said at talks with Assad on Thursday.

He also visited Putin in Moscow in October 2015, soon after Russian Federation launched its military operation in Syria.

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.

Russia's entry into the conflict in 2015 turned the tide of the conflict in Assad's favor and established Russian Federation as a powerbroker in the Middle East.

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"Stability is growing, and all this opens the door to a political process that we started some time ago", he said.

"I have always said, and I want to reiterate that we have always enthusiastically supported a political process that should proceed hand-in-hand with fight against terrorism", Assad for his part said. "But with you and other partners and friends, we will continue to make strong progress in the peace process", Assad was quoted as saying in the statement. He thanked the Russian military for playing an important role in the fight.

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.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the meeting, which had not been announced in advance, took place on Thursday.

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

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