Putin & Assad met in Sochi, Russia to discuss political process in Syria

Putin & Assad met in Sochi, Russia to discuss political process in Syria

After a surprise visit by Syrian President Bashar Assad to Moscow on Monday, President Vladimir Putin has said he plans to speak with U.S. President Donald Trump about the conflict in Syria.

Assad thanked Putin for Russia's help in fighting terrorism and maintaining Syria's territorial integrity, according to the transcript.

The two leaders agree that military operation in Syria is coming to an end. The Russian leader said that the fight against terrorism in the crisis-stricken country is close to completion.

"Now the most important thing, of course, is to move on to the political questions, and I note with satisfaction your readiness to work with all those who want peace and a solution (to the conflict)", Putin said. "We should admit that the operation allowed to move forward the political settlement in Syria", he noted.

Syria's President added that Damascus is ready to hold a dialogue with all who are interested in a political settlement in Syria.

"Over this period great achievements were recorded both in the battlefield, as well as on the political level".

"I would very much like to discuss with you the major principles of launching a political process and preparations for a congress of the Syrian people, which you have welcomed. We expect the United Nations to actively participate in the process, particularly during its final stage", the Russian president pointed out.