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

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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.

"With the start of the political process in its most active phase, foreign armed forces will withdraw from Syrian territory", Mr Putin said, without specifying which foreign forces.

The two presidents have noted necessity of creating additional conditions for a full-format political process in Syria, Peskov said. Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, for example, met with Mr. Putin in Moscow on May 9.

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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.

According to the report, Putin congratulated Assad on the "big achievement" recorded by the Syrian army in the war against terrorism.

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

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A posting on the Syrian presidency's Facebook page said Assad and Putin also discussed economic cooperation and growing investments by Russian companies in Syria.

"We all know it won't be simple as a result of some worldwide locations are not looking for stability to return to Syria. But with you and other partners and friends, we will continue to make strong progress in the peace process", Assad was quoted as saying in the statement.

Russian tv broadcast brief clips from the 2 males's dialogue.

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