Assad tells Putin Russian investment in Syria growing

Syria's Assad Meets Putin in Russia, Says He Wants 'Political Process' As He Wins War

Syria's Assad Meets Putin in Russia, Says He Wants 'Political Process' As He Wins War

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea city of Sochi, expressing gratitude for Moscow's help in a prolonged civil war that has increasingly gone in the government's favor.

Assad assured Russian President Vladimir Putin that Damascus enthusiastically supports a political process in the republic with a parallel fight against terrorism.

"Of course, after this military success, additional conditions have been created to restart a full-format political process", he said at talks with Assad on Thursday.

"As regards economic cooperation, we'd like to point out a recent increase of Russian investment, the investments the Russian companies are making in various sectors of Syrian economy", Assad said.

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


The two leaders in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. His first trip was reportedly to Moscow in October 2015, a month after Russian Federation staged a military intervention in Syria at his request. Putin told Assad that "a lot has been done" at Russia-sponsored talks between the Syrian government and the opposition in Kazakhstan.

Putin congratulated Assad on what he said were considerable achievements by the Syrian armed forces against terrorist units.

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

More than 450,000 people have been killed and 11 million have been displaced from their homes.

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