Syria's Assad Meets With Russia's Putin In Sochi

18 May, 2018, 15:06 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin will primarily focus on pressing global and regional issues, including impact of the USA withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, during their informal summit in Russian city of Sochi on Monday.

During the official meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated him on the great success in the fight against terrorists, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, APA reports quoting Sputnik.

"With the start of a political process in its more active phase, foreign armed forces will be withdrawn from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic", Mr. Putin said.

A posting on the Syrian presidency's Facebook page said Assad and Putin also discussed economic cooperation and growing investments by Russian companies in Syria.

"The next task, of course, the economic recovery and humanitarian aid for those people in a hard situation", Mr Putin added.

Moscow has backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in that country's civil war since 2015, ensuring the survival of a Middle Eastern ally and guaranteeing continued access to the strategically vital Mediterranean Sea.


The two leaders emphasized the importance of creating conditions for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, he also said.

"We know it will not be easy because some countries do not want stability to return to Syria".

Russian television broadcast short clips from the two men's discussion.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the last of seven batches of displaced left the area Wednesday in a convoy, bringing the total evacuated to 34,500 people, including fighters and civilians, who have departed to other rebel-held areas in northern Syria.

The visit comes on the eve of a meeting in Sochi between Mr Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the first face-to-face talk of the year between the veteran leaders.

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