21 Nov 2017 22:27

Putin informs Egyptian president of Russian assessment of developments in Syria

MOSCOW. Nov 21 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, informing him of the Russian assessment of the situation in Syria and discussing the outcome of his talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Kremlin press service said.

"Putin informed the Egyptian leader in detail of the Russian assessments of the latest developments in Syria against the backdrop of the concluding military operation to destroy terrorists in that country. In addition, the two discussed the results of talks with Syrian President al-Assad, as well as issues relating to the November 22 summit in Sochi of the guarantors of the Astana negotiations - Russia, Iran, and Turkey," the press service said.

"The parties stressed the importance of the national dialogue congress being organized on Russia's initiative to gather representatives from across the Syrian population," it said.

El-Sisi "praised the role of Russia's Aerospace Forces in defeating international terrorists in Syria" and "expressed his support for the Russian politico-diplomatic and humanitarian efforts to implement the agreements reached in Astana," the statement said.

The two leaders also "touched on pressing bilateral issues, including the implementation of major joint projects, including in nuclear power," the statement said.

The two sides "reaffirmed their mutual satisfaction with the general progress of the friendly Russian-Egyptian ties," the Kremlin said.