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Middle East: Putin meets Assad, requires 'political course of' on Syria

President Vladimir Putin held a uncommon assembly with Syrian chief Bashar al-Assad on Thursday and mentioned the scenario in Syria is now beneficial for the start of a “political course of” which might result in the withdrawal of overseas forces.

“After the navy success (of the Syrian military in latest months) supplementary situations have been created which favour the beginning of a political course of on a serious scale,” Putin mentioned in an announcement launched by the Kremlin following the assembly within the southern Russian metropolis of Sochi.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov advised reporters that “there have been detailed discussions” between the 2 leaders, who final met in December at a Russian navy air base within the Syria’s coastal province of Latakia.

“With the beginning of the political course of in its most lively part, overseas armed forces will withdraw from Syrian territory,” Putin mentioned, with out specifying which overseas forces.

Putin additionally congratulated Assad on the “successes of the Syrian authorities’s military within the struggle in opposition to terrorist teams”.

“The following job, after all, the financial restoration and humanitarian help for these individuals in a tough scenario,” Putin added.

Russia has been concerned in Syria’s civil warfare since September 2015. Its navy help not solely ensured the survival of Assad’s regime, it modified the course of the warfare.

In an announcement from the Syrian presidency, Assad mentioned “now we have evaluated the political course of” and can choose candidates for a constitutional committee, a suggestion proposed in January at a summit in Sochi, that may work with the United Nations.

In keeping with a Kremlin assertion, Assad mentioned “stability is bettering” in Syria, “opening the door to the political course of we began a while in the past”.

“We all know it won’t be simple as a result of some international locations are not looking for stability to return to Syria. However with you and different companions and pals, we are going to proceed to make sturdy progress within the peace course of,” Assad was quoted as saying within the assertion.

Russian tv broadcast brief clips from the 2 males’s dialogue.

The go to comes on the eve of a gathering in Sochi between Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the primary face-to-face discuss of the 12 months between the veteran leaders.

(AFP)

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