Vladimir Putin meets Assad, calls for 'political process' on Syria

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GETTYThe leaders met in the southern Russian city of Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on Thursday and said their "military success" in Syria allowed for a large-scale "political process" leading to the withdrawal of foreign forces and the country's reconstruction.

"After the military success (of the Syrian army in recent months) supplementary conditions have been created which favour the start of a political process on a major scale", Mr Putin said in a statement released by the Kremlin following the meeting in the southern Russian city of Sochi.

A posting on the Syrian presidency's Facebook page said the two leaders consulted on various issues of mutual interest and the latest political and military developments in Syria.

"The Syrian president has made the decision to send his part of a delegation to form the Constitutional Committee that is to work on Syria's constitutional law. Much has also been done within the framework of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress held in Sochi", he said.

Russian Federation has been a key ally of Assad throughout the seven-year Syrian civil war.

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GETTYSyria has been embroiled in a complicated multi-sided civil war

"And of course, the next task is economic recovery and humanitarian assistance to the people who found themselves in a hard situation", the Russian president said.

Moscow launched an air campaign on behalf of Assad's forces in 2015 that tipped the conflict in his favour.

A day after United Nations special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura warned that a government assault on the rebel-held area of Idlib could affect 2.3 million people, Putin met Assad in the southern Russian city of Sochi.

Assad previously visited Russian Federation and met Mr Putin in November 2017 and October 2015.

"Now we can take the next steps together with you", Putin told Assad.

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