Syria's Assad Travels To Sochi For Talks With Putin

Pauline Gross
May 18, 2018

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has met his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Russia's city of Sochi, saying it's an opportunity for future peace talks, the Syrian presidential media office said.

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

Since fighting broke out in Syria in 2011, the Syrian president has traveled three times to Russian Federation for talks with Putin - visits that underscored Moscow's status as Assad's chief backer. Its military support not only ensured the survival of Assad's regime but also changed the course of the war. They will be sent to the United Nations, it is on the basis of the Geneva process.

According to the Kremlin statement, Assad said "stability is improving" in Syria, "opening the door to the political process we started some time ago".

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

During the dialogue, the parties stressed the need to create conditions for the resumption of the political process full-length, was marked with success and during the Astana process, and the Congress of the Syrian people, held in Sochi. He thanked the Russian military for playing an important role in the fight.

Media outlets also reported that Putin said Russian Federation expected foreign armed forces to pull out of Syria as a peace process began.

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

The two leaders in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

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