Assad thanks Putin for Russia’s efforts “to save Syria”

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Syrian President, Bashar Assad, was asked to come to Russia to get him to agree to potential peace initiatives drafted by Russia, Iran and Turkey, as Russia prepares to scale down its military presence in the country’s 6- year war, the Kremlin said, on Tuesday.

For his part, President Vladimir Putin hosted Assad, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, on Monday, ahead of a summit between Russia, Turkey and Iran and a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva. The meeting was unannounced and the Kremlin did not make it public, until Tuesday morning.

“I passed to (Putin) and all Russian people our greetings and gratitude for all of the effortsc that Russian made to save our country”, Assad told Russia’s top brass.

Samira SALAH

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