Trump, Putin stress ensuring 'stability of a unified Syria'

Russian President Vladimir Putin centre met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi on Wednesday

Trump's phone call with the Russian president came a day after Putin met with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

During the meeting, Putin was full of praise for the Syrian President and his work fighting ISIS.

"I hope that in the very near future we will put the final point in the fight against terrorism in Syria, although it is clear that the centers will still exist, they will still emerge", Putin said.

Mr Putin had spoken with the leaders of Iran and Turkey to "assure them that Russian Federation will work with Syrian leadership to prepare the groundwork for possible understandings" that could be reached on Wednesday to "make sure" that agreements will be "viable", said Dmitry Peskov, Mr Putin's spokesman.




The Russian president also informed his USA counterpart of the forthcoming meeting between the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey aimed at finding ways to further normalize the situation in Syria while contributing to the political process in the Middle Eastern country.

The United States has backed various rebel forces in Syria as well as the SDF, which has battled the Islamic State jihadist group, while Russian Federation is an even more active party to the conflict, carrying out air strikes directly in support of Assad's forces.

In the Sochi summit on November 22, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan are going to push for peace in Syria, which has been gripped by war since March 2011. "Many areas in Syria have been liberated from terrorist (s), and civilians who were forced to leave those areas have been able to return", Assad said according to state media.

They will also handle the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria and possible contributions to the Geneva process toward a political solution in the country under U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254.

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