26 Jul 2018 13:38

Kremlin envoy Lavrentyev, Assad discuss return of Syrian refugees - Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW. July 26 (Interfax) - Russian special presidential representative for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin have discussed the return of refugees to Syria and the country's reconstruction with its President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

"Special attention was paid to the country's post-conflict reconstruction, including the return of Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons to their homes as soon as possible. Bashar al-Assad welcomed Russia's proactive steps to this end and underscored his readiness to provide essential preconditions for the safe and worthy admission and accommodation of Syrians returning to their home country," the ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

"The parties had a detailed exchange of opinions on the current situation in Syria. They reaffirmed their common determination to continue the uncompromising fight against terrorism and active efforts to achieve a lasting political settlement in the interests of all Syrians, without exception," it said.

The talks took place on July 25, and the Russian delegation included Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry officials, the statement said.