Assad meets Putin in Russia's Sochi

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"Stability is growing, and all this opens the door to a political process that we started some time ago", he said.

Syrian President Bashar Assad traveled to Sochi, Russia, to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, The Associated Press reported.

"Of course, after this military success additional conditions have been created to restart a full-format political process", he said. Thursday's meeting was the latest in a series of conferences on military issues Putin chaired this week at his Black Sea retreat.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a surprise visit to the Black Sea resort city of Sochi for talks with his Russian counterpart about Syria's bloody seven-year conflict. His first trip was reportedly to Moscow in October 2015, a month after Russian Federation staged a military intervention in Syria at his request. "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.

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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.

"I want to congratulate you on considerable achievements of the Syrian government army in fight against terrorist units".

But rebel factions still control large parts of northwestern and southwestern Syria, while a Kurdish-led alliance backed by the United States holds most of the northeast.

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