The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, had a meeting with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, in the Kremlin, Moscow, where they discussed the political situation in Syria, international terrorism, and bilateral cooperation, TASS reports.
It is noted that during the talks, Putin congratulated Assad on the occasion of his birthday on September 11 and for the good result at the presidential elections held on May 26 that Assad won with more than 95 per cent of votes.
“The results show that people trust you and, despite all challenges of the previous years and tragedies of the previous years, still associate the process of recovery and return to normal life with you,” Putin said.
The Russian President stated that jointly the two countries managed to liberate the majority of Syrian territories from terrorists, while refugees actively return to liberated areas and people are rebuilding their homes. At the same time, Putin criticised the presence of foreign troops in several regions in Syria without a UN decision.
In turn, Assad underlined that political meetings and talks held in Sochi and Nur-Sultan had contributed to the normalization of the situation in his country. He emphasised that the political processes which were usually to be carried out stopped approximately three years ago due to the actions of “some states who do everything possible to destructively affect the opportunity to organize political processes”.
According to Assad, the actions of Russian and Syria generally “made a huge contribution to the cause of protecting the whole humanity” from terrorism. Besides, the leaders of the states also paid attention to the topic of humanitarian cooperation and the joint fight against COVID-19. Moreover, the presidents talked about bilateral economic cooperation, as Putin recalled that in the first half of 2021, the trade volume increased by 3.5 times.