Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Assad meets Putin in Sochi on future peace talks

Assad meets Putin in Sochi on future peace talks

The Syrian presidency released a handout showing the two leaders meeting.

"The Syrian president has made the decision to send his part of a delegation to form the Constitutional Committee that is to work on Syria's constitutional law". The UN has hosted several rounds of peace talks in Geneva that have made no progress toward ending the conflict.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in Sochi on May 17, 2018.

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For his side, Assad on Thursday said that many positive changes have taken place as the terrorists' arena in Syria has become much smaller and hundreds of thousands of Syrians have returned to their homes and millions of others are on their way back.

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They said issues on the table may include economic impact on India and Russian Federation in the wake of the United States withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the situation in Afghanistan, Syria, threat of terrorism and matters relating to upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and BRICS summits.

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Russian Federation has been a key ally of Assad throughout the seven-year Syrian civil war. Moscow launched an air campaign on behalf of Assad's forces in 2015 that tipped the conflict in his favor.

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.

Syria's conflict began with mass protests against the Assad family's decades-long rule.

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Assad's future has been a key sticking point in years of failed peace efforts.

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