Syria's Assad Flies to Russian Federation for Talks With Putin

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Thursday, 17, may, Sochi hosted a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, said the press service of the Russian AP.

The Russian president said: "Given the victories and successes of the Syrian army in the war on terror, in light of the onset of a more active period, and in light of the fact that a more active political process has begun, foreign armed forces will start leaving Syrian territory".

For its part, Russia's Kremlin manifested that Assad had expressed his willingness to Putin to start a political compromise to solve the Syrian issue, following a meeting with Russian defense and foreign ministers.

Turkey, Russia, and Iran have reached an agreement on holding the next high-level meeting on Syria in Russian resort city of Sochi in July 2018.

Syria has been embroiled in a complicated, multi-sided civil war involving foreign powers, rebels and jihadists.

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

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In a statement from the Syrian presidency, Assad added on Thursday "we have evaluated the political process" and will select candidates for a constitutional committee, a suggestion proposed in January at a summit in Sochi, that will work with the United Nations.

"We know that the political process will not be easy, since there are countries that do not want stability to Syria.

And of course, the next task is economic recovery and humanitarian assistance to the people who found themselves in a hard situation", the Russian president said. He thanked the Russian military for playing an important role in the fight.

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.

"The talks were quite detailed", Peskov said.

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