# PCN-TV/ PRESIDENT OF SYRIA BASHAR AL-ASSAD MADE A WORKING VISIT TO RUSSIA (MAY 17, 2018)

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PRESIDENT OF SYRIA BASHAR AL-ASSAD MADE A WORKING VISIT TO RUSSIA
(MAY 17, 2018)

Vladimir Putin held talks with President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad in Sochi.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who held talks in Sochi on Thursday, discussed engagement of Russian companies in the rebuilding of the Syrian Arab Republic. Assad said about it after completion of the talks.
Assad’s words were quoted in a transcript the Kremlin uploaded at its official homepage.
« 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.
« We also discussed possible steps that would stimulate further interest of the Russian companies towards investing in our country and engaging in the process of its rehabilitation, » he said.
Putin said on his part that it was important to take the necessary steps towards restoration of Syrian economy and for settling the long-overdue knotty problems, solution of which was essential for the untangling of humanitarian issues.
« We hope for support on the part of the UN and all the countries that have interest in resolving the Syrian crisis, » he said.

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Following the talks, the heads of the two states made statements on the results of the Russian-Syrian talks.

Beginning of meeting with President of Syria Bashar al-Assad

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President,

I am happy to see you in Russia. At the beginning of our meeting I would like to congratulate you on the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

I would also like to congratulate you on the major success of the Syrian Government Army in the struggle against terrorist units. Due to the efforts of your army recently, important steps have been made towards the further consolidation of the legitimate government. Terrorists have laid down arms in key areas of Syria, which made it possible to restore the country’s infrastructure, push them back and practically end their operations near the Syrian capital.

And, of course, after these military successes, additional conditions have certainly been created for the resumption of the full political process.

Much has been done during the Astana process. Much was accomplished at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi. Now we can take further steps jointly with you. The next goal is, of course, economic recovery and humanitarian relief for the people who have found themselves in a predicament.

As you know, we are in contact with all sides of this complicated process, including the United Nations and Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Staffan de Mistura.

I would like to discuss with you all of these areas of our joint work. Welcome!

President of Syria Bashar al-Assad (retranslated): Thank you very much, Mr President.

First of all, I would like to congratulate you on the start of your new term in office. I believe that this election success proves the correctness of your policy both domestically and internationally since the Russian people see that the positions of your country on the global stage are becoming stronger thanks to your actions.

And I am happy to meet with you in Sochi again after our meeting several months ago. A great many positive changes have occurred in between these two meetings. First of all, the fight against terrorism. The terrorist-controlled areas have decreased significantly. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been able to return to their homes in recent weeks, millions more Syrians are on the way.

Stability is improving, and this opens doors for the political process that we launched some time ago. I always said, and I will repeat it now, that we always enthusiastically support the political process that should unfold alongside the fight against terrorism.

We know that it is not going to be easy as there are countries that do not want stability in Syria. However, we will firmly move on with you and with our other partners on the issue of the peace process to achieve peace. Today’s meeting gives us a good opportunity to work out our joint positions for the coming period regarding the negotiating process in Astana and Sochi.

Thank you again, I would like to especially thank the Russian Armed Forces, particularly the Aerospace Forces, which have played a very important role in fighting terrorism.

Vladimir Putin: Thank you.

(Source: Presidential Executive Office’s Information Office – Russia, Tass & PCN-НОП Press Office)

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