Trump, Putin stress ensuring 'stability of a unified Syria'

Posted November 22, 2017

The Presidents of Russian Federation and Syria Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad met in Sochi on November 20 during which they agreed that the military operation in Syria is coming to an end and now it's necessary to launch political processes, the Kremlin press service said, Armenpress reports. Those talks were part of an Asia trip in which Trump tried to persuade Russia, China, and other countries to pressure North Korea into giving up its nuclear weapons program.

The convocation of "an inclusive inter-Syrian dialogue" is aimed at restoring confidence between different factions and seeking compromises in the interests of a united and strong Syria, the statement read, Xinhua news agency reported.

Trump and Putin spoke informally several times earlier this month when they attended a summit in Vietnam.

The call was expected to focus on the state of the Syrian civil war following Putin's rare face-to-face meeting with Assad on Monday, where the two leaders spoke about military operation and the need to launch political processes in the country, according to a Russian government statement. Putin also called for co-ordination of anti-terror efforts with the US, the Kremlin said, adding that Afghanistan was also discussed. Putin hosted Assad at a Black Sea resort ahead of a summit later this week with Russia, Turkey and Iran.

In parallel with the UN-backed Geneva process, the Astana talks guaranteed by Russia, Iran and Turkey have led to the establishment of four de-escalation zones in Syria. They agreed on a number of principles for the future of Syria.