Syria, Russia Discuss Joint Efforts to Reactive Political Process in Parallel with Fight against Terrorism

DAMASCUS, (ST)- President Bashar Al-Assad on Thursday received Russian President Vladimir Putin's Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin and the accompanying delegation.

Talks dealt with developments in Syria and the joint Syrian-Russian action concerning these developments, mainly the fight to eliminate terrorism in the areas where it still exists.

The Russian envoy affirmed his country's firm support for the Syrian state's efforts to restore security and stability over the entire Syrian territory.

Moscow-Damascus efforts to reactive the political process in Syria in parallel with the continuous war on terrorism were also discussed.

The two sides expressed determination to continue their joint work to achieve the hoped-for goals despite the escalating pressure being practiced by some western countries on Syria and Russia aiming to foil their efforts and to prolong the war as to achieve the interests of these western countries on the expense of the Syrian people and the stability of the entire region.

 Lavrentiev briefed President Al-Assad on the results of the talks he recently held with Iraqi and Lebanese officials, pointing out that he noticed firm stances and clear understanding by both Lebanon and Iraq regarding the elimination of terrorism and the return of normal life in Syria to serve the interest of all countries of the region.

The meeting was attended by Major General Ali Mamlouk, Chief of the National Security Bureau, Dr. Ayman Soussan, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, and the Russian Ambassador in Damascus.

Hamda Mustafa