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Putin, Assad hail achievements in Syria

Putin, Assad hail achievements in Syria

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin will primarily focus on pressing global and regional issues, including impact of the United States withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, during their informal summit in Russian city of Sochi on Monday.

He also reportedly hailed progress in fighting "terrorism", which "opens the door to the political process".

The Russian leader said the military successes have created suitable conditions for the resumption of the political process in Syria.

Putin told Assad that in the light of success of the Syrian army foreign forces should be withdrawn from the war-torn country.

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

Russian Federation launched an air campaign on behalf of President Bashar Assad in 2015, helping to turn the tide of the war in his favor.

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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 informal summit in the Russian beach resort will be more or less on the lines of the summit Modi held with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan late last month. Indo-Russia cooperation in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) issues are likely to be discussed.

The two leaders discussed the ongoing clashes in Syria between pro-Assad forces and civilian rebels.

But the special envoy noted that half of the people in the northern rebel province of Idlib had already fled from other parts of Syria, "and will have nowhere else to go because there is no other place to go".

The visit comes on the eve of a meeting in Sochi between Mr Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the first face-to-face talk of the year between the veteran leaders.


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