Syrian President Assad tells Putin: 'Door open to political process'

Syrian President Assad tells Putin: 'Door open to political process'

Syrian President Assad tells Putin: 'Door open to political process'

Ahead of the 21 May informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin at Sochi, India has made it clear that it would not be dictated by any other country on furthering its defence and security ties with Russia.

The Russian president said the terrorists have laid down their arms in key locations in Syria, allowing for the restoration of Syrian infrastructure. At the invitation of Russian President Putin, Modi will visit Russia on May, 21 wherein the two leaders will exchange views on global matters in a broad and long-term perspective with the objective of further strengthening the "Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that "there were detailed discussions" between the two leaders, who last met in December at a Russian military air base in Syria's coastal province of Latakia.

Russian Federation has been a crucial ally of the Syrian regime throughout the Middle Eastern country's seven-year civil. Though the meeting occurred during the day, according to a video recording, Russian state television broadcast news of the visit only late Thursday, for reasons that were unclear.

Putin and Assad stressed the need for a political solution to the conflict.

Meanwhile, Assad said that many positive changes have taken place as the areas under the control of terrorists arena in Syria have become smaller.

The Syrian government has been accused of war crimes including using chemical weapons against its own people.

The surrender in northern Homs and southern Hama adds to what has been described as one of the largest population shifts in Syria since the conflict began.

"The courageous armed forces, with support from allies, have completed the clearing of [463 square miles] in rural Northern Homs and Southern Hama, and have restored security to 65 villages and towns", said Brig.

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