Putin meets As­sad in sur­prise Syria visit

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Da­m­as­cus, Syria - Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin met his Syr­ian coun­ter­part Bashar As­sad on Tues­day dur­ing a sur­prise visit to Da­m­as­cus, his first since the start of the nearly nine-year war, Syria’s pres­i­dency said.

‘Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin ar­rived in Da­m­as­cus for a visit dur­ing which he met Pres­i­dent As­sad at the head­quar­ters of the Rus­sian forces’,’ it said in a state­ment.

The two lead­ers lis­tened to a mil­i­tary pre­sen­ta­tion by the com­man­der of Rus­sian forces in Syria, said the pres­i­dency, which posted a pic­ture of the two lead­ers shak­ing hands.

Putin said enor­mous progress had been made in the Syr­ian con­flict, Rus­sian news agen­cies re­ported.

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