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Assad tells Putin Russian investment in Syria growing

Assad tells Putin Russian investment in Syria growing

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Sochi on Thursday at the opening of the Sochi Summit, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Syrian presidential media office.

Support allies Russian Federation and Iran played a crucial role in the Syrian military reversing gains by rebels and jihadis, and Putin congratulated his Syrian counterpart on "the significant success of the Syrian government army in the fight against terrorist groups", which he should be followed by "a full-fledged political process".

"With the start of the political process in its most active phase, foreign armed forces will withdraw from Syrian territory", Putin said, without specifying which foreign forces.

Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Assad informed Mr Putin of his decision to "send a delegation to the UN" to discuss reforming the country's constitution. It said that Russian Federation welcomes and supports this decision based on agreements reached in national dialogue meetings in Sochi.

Since fighting broke out in Syria in 2011, the Syrian president has traveled three times to Russian Federation for talks with Putin - visits that underscored Moscow's status as Assad's chief backer.

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

"I want to congratulate you on considerable achievements of the Syrian government army in fight against terrorist units". He also visited Putin in Moscow in October 2015, soon after Russian Federation launched its military operation in Syria.

The two leaders discussed the ongoing clashes in Syria between pro-Assad forces and civilian rebels.

Assad's future has been a key sticking point in years of failed peace efforts.