Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Assad meets Putin in Sochi on future peace talks

Assad meets Putin in Russia's Sochi Bashar al-Assad has travelled to Russia to meet Vladimir Putin
Deanna Wagner | 18 May, 2018, 14:44

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have hailed achievements in what they called the fight against terrorists in Syria.

The negotiations were successful, Putin praised and congratulated Assad with the Syrian army's successes in the fight against terrorists. He also visited Putin in Moscow in October 2015, soon after Russian Federation launched its military operation in Syria.

"The next task, of course, the economic recovery and humanitarian aid for those people in a hard situation", Mr Putin added. They will be sent to the United Nations, it is on the basis of the Geneva process.

Putin said the mutual goal is the rebuilding of the Syrian economy and providing humanitarian help, noting that his administration is in contact with all concerned sides for the political "complicated process", including the UN.

"We know that will not be easy since there are countries which do not want stability to return to Syria. But with you and other partners and friends, we will continue to make strong progress in the peace process", Mr Assad was quoted as saying in the statement.

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It said the two also discussed economic cooperation and growing investments by Russian companies in Syria.

Regime forces recaptured Ghouta from rebels last month after a ferocious offensive that displaced tens of thousands, both to government-controlled zones around Damascus and to opposition-held parts of northern Syria.

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

This time, the Russian President (known for excellent German skills) and the German Chancellor (a fluent Russian speaker) are set to meet face-to-face in the resort city of Sochi.