US Prez Donald Trump and Russian Prez Vladimir Putin agree to support UN effort to peacefully resolve Syrian civil war
US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to support the UN effort to peacefully resolve the nearly seven-year-long Syrian civil war.
The White House said the two leaders stressed the importance of ending the humanitarian crisis in which millions of Syrians have been displaced from their homes.
Mr Putin called US President Donald Trump and Middle Eastern leaders yesterday, one day after his meeting with Assad in Sochi, southern Russia.
According to the Kremlin, Putin told Trump that Assad confirmed his commitment to the political process, constitutional reform, and presidential and parliamentary elections.
Putin asked the leaders to approve the continuation of the Assad government at a time when the Syrian military is in an overwhelmingly advantageous position against the opposition forces.
Assad’s government and Syrian opposition forces are scheduled to begin peace talks in Geneva next week.
Russia supports the Assad government, but opposition forces, and the US and other countries that are backing those forces, are making demands Assad should step down.