Assad meets Putin in Sochi on future peace talks

Assad meets Putin in Sochi on future peace talks

Syrian President Bashar Assad made a surprise visit to Russian Federation to meet President Vladimir Putin yesterday at his summer residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

During the official meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated him on the great success in the fight against terrorists, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, APA reports quoting Sputnik.

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

Russian Federation has been one of Assad's most critical allies throughout the ongoing civil war in Syria.

The news agency also paraphrased Mr. Putin's message, though slightly differently, saying that, "in the course of the meeting Putin announced to Assad that he was counting on the withdrawal of foreign armed forces from the territory of Syria". The United Nations has hosted several rounds of peace talks in Geneva that have made no progress toward ending the conflict. "Therefore, Russia is not supposed to initiate this discussion".

Israeli airstrikes target militant sites in Gaza
Its forces have killed 116 Palestinians since a campaign of protests on the Gaza-Israel border was launched on March 30. Putin and Erdogan also discussed the Syrian settlement and Russian-Turkish cooperation in the energy sector.

The MEA in a statement on Monday said that: "This informal Summit in Sochi between Prime Minister Modi and President Putin is in keeping with the tradition of regular consultations between India and Russian Federation at the highest levels."However, MEA sources said here a large part of informal meeting is "one to one but there may be only restricted delegation level meeting".

"Thanks to military successes, we are managing to normalise the situation in the country, opening the way for the return of many of our compatriots".

On the advice of Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen Parliament has introduced a constitutional amendment to the State Duma that would allow Russian presidents to serve three - not just two - consecutive terms.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the last of seven batches of displaced left the area Wednesday in a convoy, bringing the total evacuated to 34,500 people, including fighters and civilians, who have departed to other rebel-held areas in northern Syria.

Putin is scheduled to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday and French President Emmanuel Macron next week.

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