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Russian Role in Fighting Terrorism Highlighted

LATTAKIA, (ST)_ H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad met at Khmeimim Airbase  Monday morning H.E. President  President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

Presidents Assad and Putin reviewed the military forces at the Airspace, where President Putin ordered the start of preparations for the withdrawal of the Russian Forces from Syria.

President Assad thanked President Putin for the active participation of Russia in fighting terrorism in Syria, asserting that the Syrian People will never forget what the Russian military personnel whose blood was mixed with the blood of the martyrs of the Syrian Arab Army have done in encountering terrorism.

"This blood watered the Syrian territory as  proof to be stronger than terrorism and its mercenaries. The memory of the martyrs of the two hero armies and their sacrifices will ever remain as the lighthouse for the coming generations." Added President Assad.

"The coming generations who are to read about the ongoing war on terrorism will never draw lines between a Syrian Martyr and a Russian Martyr," added President Assad.

"President Putin's visit to Syria is an opportunity for discussing the second phase in fighting terrorism and for discussions about the political process in Syria. The big accomplishments in the fighting against terrorism opened the door wide before the activation of the political work and for finding a peaceful solution that would stop the bloodletting of the Syrians and restore safety to Syria," underscored President Assad.

According to RT, “I order the defense minister and chief of the general staff to start the withdrawal of Russian troops to the site of their permanent deployment," Putin stated, speaking in front of Russian military personnel at Khmeimim.

The Russian leader said that in the space of two years the Russian and Syrian militaries have “defeated the most battle-hardened grouping of international terrorists.” Putin added that he had made the decision that a significant number of the Russian military contingent in Syria should return to Russia.

He warned that should the terrorists try to “rear their heads” in Syria again, Russia will strike them as “they have never seen before.”

According to the Sputnik, The Russian president has also held a separate meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad at the base.

"Indeed, the threat of terrorism, in general, is very high. The fact that we defeated one of the main groups — Daesh in Syria — is extremely important for Syria, and for Russia, and for the whole world," the Russian president told the Syrian president.

For his part, Assad has thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for the effective assistance in the country's fight against terrorism.

"The achievements that have taken place are very significant, very important for us. The theme of our meeting, the destruction of Daesh fighters, is very important for the whole world. We coped with this. On behalf of the whole people of the Syrian Arab Republic, I express my deep gratitude for the role your armed forces played. The victories that have been achieved have affected not only our state, but also neighboring countries," Assad said.    

The Syrian people would not forget the Russian servicemen after their blood mingled with the blood of the soldiers of the Syrian Arab army who died in the fight against terrorism, Assad stated, adding "This blood, shed on the Syrian land, confirms that they are stronger than terror, and the memory of the dead of both armies and their courage will be a guiding light for future generations."

Summarizing the results of the two-year military campaign, Vladimir Putin mentioned other mediating countries in the Syrian issue, namely Iran and Turkey, expressing the hope that they would assist in establishing normalcy in the country, contributing to the eradication of terrorism.

"It is important to prepare the Congress of the Syrian people, I will now have an opportunity to talk about this in Cairo with the President of Egypt, and a little later with the President of Turkey," Putin said.  

The announcement of Russian President Vladimir Putin has come almost a week after his statement on the complete destruction of the jihadists along both banks of the Euphrates River. Mentioning the continued existence of isolated hotbeds of resistance, Putin said that on the whole, the Syrian and Russian operation in the area has ended with the complete "routing of the terrorists."


Dr. Mohamad Abdo Al-Ibrahim


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