Trump, Putin agree 'no mil­i­tary so­lu­tion' in Syria: Krem­lin

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIONAL -

MOSCOW, Nov 11 (AFP) - US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Rus­sian leader Vladimir Putin agreed there was “no mil­i­tary so­lu­tion” for the war in Syria, in a joint state­ment ap­proved on the side­lines of the Asia-Pa­cific sum­mit, the Krem­lin said Satur­day.

“The pres­i­dents agreed that the con­flict in Syria has no mil­i­tary so­lu­tion,” and con­firmed their “de­ter­mi­na­tion to de­feat ISIL”, the Krem­lin web­site said, us­ing an acro­nym for the Is­lamic State ji­hadist group.

The two talked and shared a hand­shake at the sum­mit in Viet­nam's Danang after sev­eral days of un­cer­tainty over whether a meet­ing would take place.

“The pres­i­dents con­firmed their com­mit­ment to Syria's sovereignty, in­de­pen­dence, unity, ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and sec­u­lar na­ture,” and urged the war­ring sides to par­tic­i­pate in UN-led peace talks in Geneva, the Krem­lin said.

The pres­i­dents' joint state­ment also “ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion” with ef­forts to pre­vent in­ci­dents be­tween their re­spec­tive forces in Syria, “which al­lowed to con­sid­er­ably in­crease ISIL losses on the bat­tle­field over the last few months.” The Rus­sian mil­i­tary has re­cently ac­cused the United States of merely “pre­tend­ing” to fight IS in Iraq and of hin­der­ing the Rus­sian-backed of­fen­sive in east­ern Syria.

“The pres­i­dents dis­cussed the ne­ces­sity to re­duce hu­man suf­fer­ing in Syria, and called on all UN mem­ber states to in­crease their con­tri­bu­tion to help meet the humanitarian needs over the com­ing months,” the state­ment said.

Rus­sia has been fly­ing a bomb­ing cam­paign in Syria since 2015 when it stepped in to sup­port Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad's rule and tipped the con­flict in his favour.

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