Syrian President holds meeting with Russian President

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GETTYThe leaders met in the southern Russian city of Sochi

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".

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.

He also reportedly hailed progress in fighting "terrorism", which "opens the door to the political process".

"After the success of the Syrian government army in the fight against the terrorists", the right conditions are in place for "the start of a political process on a major scale", Putin said in a statement released by the Kremlin after the meeting.

Russian Federation has been a crucial ally of the Syrian regime throughout the Middle Eastern country's seven-year civil.

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GETTYSyria has been embroiled in a complicated multi-sided civil war

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov advised reporters that "there have been detailed discussions" between the 2 leaders, who final met in December at a Russian navy air base within the Syria's coastal province of Latakia.

Putin additionally congratulated Assad on the "successes of the Syrian authorities's military within the struggle in opposition to terrorist teams".

"The next task, of course, is the economic recovery and humanitarian aid for those people in a hard situation", Putin added.

"We all know it won't be simple as a result of some worldwide locations are not looking for stability to return to Syria".

The visit comes on the eve of a meeting in Sochi between Mr Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the first face-to-face talk of the year between the veteran leaders.

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