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Bashar al-Assad has travelled to Russian Federation to meet Vladimir Putin

18 May 2018, 03:07 | Damon Campbell

Syrian President Assad tells Putin: 'Door open to political process'

Bashar al-Assad has travelled to Russia to meet Vladimir Putin

The situation in Syria is now favorable for the political process, Russia's president said late Thursday.

The much awaited meeting on May 21 is being already being billed as an "important occasion" for the two leaders to exchange views on global matters in a broad and long-term perspective with the objective of further strengthening "the special and privileged strategic partnership".

President Putin will also host lunch for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "It is very flexible", sources said but clarified that bilateral issues will not figure much at the deliberations and the talks can be confined to issues of regional, multi national and global relevance.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Western attacks in the country removed any moral obstacle to arming Syria.

Syrian state TV says two people have been killed and 19 others injured when a shell fired by "terrorist groups" fell in the heart of the Syrian capital.

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Last week, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said it will be an important occasion for the two leaders to exchange views on worldwide matters in a "broad and long-term perspective" with the objective of further strengthening "special and privileged strategic partnership" between the two countries The annual summit talks between the top leadership of the two countries have been taking place alternately in Moscow and New Delhi since 2000. "Therefore, Russia is not supposed to initiate this discussion".

Sources said there was no agreed agenda between the two sides for the summit and there would be no joint statement.

"The objective of the informal summit is to strengthen contact between the two countries at the leadership-level, " sources said while pointing out that the two leaders, who share a good personal chemistry, will hold their formal summit towards the end of the year.

"It is not an issue of building a relationship or deepening trust".

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