After Surprise Assad Visit, Putin Vows to Address Syria With Trump

Lester Mason
November 21, 2017

The meeting between Russian and Syrian leaders took place on Monday in the Russian resort city of Sochi.

The Russian news agency reported that the two leaders agreed "that (the) military operation in Syria is coming to an end".

Assad thanked Putin for Russia's help in fighting terrorism and maintaining Syria's territorial integrity, according to the transcript.

"Over this period, great success has been achieved, both directly on the battlefield and in political terms". The Kremlin's intervention on the side of Bashar Assad is widely seen as having turned the tide of the war in favor of his regime. "It must be admitted that this operation allowed us to advance the political settlement in Syria".

Putin and his Syrian counterpart have discussed the major principles of the political process in Syria and preparations for a congress of the Syrian people.

A senior Syrian opposition leader has quit his post a week before a new round of United Nations -sponsored peace talks in Geneva.

"On the basis of our meeting today, I will hold consultations with the leaders of the countries that I already spoke about. The main question concerns the political process that will be launched after terrorists are defeated, and is expected to help find a long-term solution to the Syrian crisis", Putin told Assad.

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