Bashar al-Assad has travelled to Russia to meet Vladimir Putin

Russian Federation welcomes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's decision to send a delegation to the United Nations to set up the constitutional committee, President Vladimir Putin said at talks with the Syrian leader on Thursday.

Assad tackled bilateral relations with his Russian counterpart, in addition to the recent developments in the Syrian issue, according to a statement issued by the Syrian Presidency Office on Thursday.

Assad previously visited Russia and met with Putin in November 2017 and October 2015, and Putin travelled to the Russian air base in Syria last December to announce a scale-back of the Russian military presence there.


"I'm glad to receive you in Russian Federation".

Assad was making his second visit to see Putin in Sochi.

Putin hailed the Syrian army's victories over militants in Syria, stressing that Syrian soldiers have achieved significant progress recently in boosting the legitimate authority of the Syrian regime. "It's the right time to rebuild the country's infrastructure", Putin added.


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

Assad osaid the meeting at the opening of the Sochi Summit is an "opportunity to put forward a mutual vision for the next stage for the peace talks either in Astana or Sochi", Xinhua news agency reported, .

"We know that will not be easy since there are countries which do not want stability to return to Syria. But with you and other partners and friends, we will continue to make strong progress in the peace process", Assad was quoted as saying in the statement.


Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that Assad informed the Russian leader of his decision to "send a delegation to the UN" to discuss reforming the country's constitution. "This will be done as soon as possible", Assad revealed. Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, for example, met with Mr. Putin in Moscow on May 9. Its military support not only ensured the survival of Mr Assad's regime, it changed the course of the war.

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