Syria's Assad meets Russia's Putin in Sochi on future peace talks

Syria's Assad meets Russia's Putin in Sochi on future peace talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, and said the situation in Syria is now favourable for the beginning of a "political process" which would lead to the withdrawal of foreign forces.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Assad informed the Russian president of his decision to send a delegation to the United Nations to discuss reforming the country's constitution as part of a UN-sponsored peace process.

"With the start of the political process in its most active phase, foreign armed forces will withdraw from Syrian territory", Mr Putin said, without specifying which foreign forces.

The two leaders in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

"The next task, of course, the economic recovery and humanitarian aid for those people in a hard situation", Mr Putin added.

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"After these military successes, additional conditions have doubtless been created for the renewal of a fully fledged political process", he was quoted as saying.

Russian Federation has been one of Assad's most critical allies throughout the ongoing civil war in Syria.

"This stability is a wide door opened for the political process", Assad told Putin, according to the report.

Putin said that at talks with the Syrian president, they had coordinated joint moves in fight against terrorism in Syria, "emphasizing major results the Syrian army has achieved to this respect, and came to the conclusion that a favorable situation exists at the present moment to bolster a political process".

The Astana peace talks were launched on January 23-24, 2017, with the aim of putting an end to violence and improving the humanitarian situation in war-torn Syria.

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