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Russian Defense Minister Meets Assad to Discuss Idlib, Counter-Terrorism

Russian Defense Minister Meets Assad to Discuss Idlib, Counter-Terrorism

Wednesday, 20 March, 2019 - 06:00
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. (Reuters)
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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in the Syrian capital Damascus on Tuesday to meet regime leader Bashar Assad and propose “appropriate solutions” over the situation in the northwestern region of Idlib and areas east of the Euphrates River.

Assad stressed the importance of Syrian-Russian coordination, especially on the military and political levels, reported the official SANA news agency.

For his part, Shoigu said his country would continue to support efforts to regain the Syrian regime’s control of all the country, SANA added.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the two officials "discussed the issues related to fighting international terrorism along with various aspects of Mideast security and post-conflict settlement."

It said the talks also focused on efforts to help Syrian refugees return and to deliver humanitarian assistance.

Shoigu stated Western nations have sought to "hamper positive changes in Syria and create new obstacles for ending the crisis."

Assad has held a series of talks with a number of regional figures, including Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei in Tehran.

Iranian chief of staff Mohammed Baqeri had also paid a visit to Syria’s Deir Ezzour on Monday amid reports that a joint military operation will be launched near the Syrian-Iraqi border and that Iran will be granted authority to manage Latakia port.

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