Syrian President Assad tells Putin: 'Door open to political process'


This will be an important occasion for the two leaders to exchange views on worldwide matters in a broad and long-term perspective with the objective of further strengthening the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership, a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), issued on May 14, read.

The president said Russian Federation must focus its energy on working out a solution that raises its competitiveness in economic growth and technology development.

The informal interaction has no specific agenda and is very flexible.

Putin is expected to name a new prime minister and submit the nomination to parliament later on Monday.

He said the two also discussed economic cooperation and growing investments by Russian companies in Syria.

Both leaders to also exchange views on their domestic priorities like the developmental works being carried out in Russian Federation by President Putin while India can raise Prime Minister's projects like "Make in India".

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Since March, about 200,000 people were forced to relocate to other parts of the country as part of surrender deals after crippling sieges and bombardment by government forces, according to the United Nations, which says the practice amounts to forced displacement.

Russia, Iran and Turkey have been attempting to resolve the conflict in the talks that started previous year in Astana in competition with a USA and UN-backed Geneva initiative.

"The objective of the informal summit is to strengthen contact between the two countries at the leadership-level, " sources said while pointing out that the two leaders, who share a good personal chemistry, will hold their formal summit towards the end of the year.

According to the statement, the summit is taking place at the invitation of Putin.

"It is not an issue of building a relationship or deepening trust".

The aim of the informal summit is to use the friendship and trust between the two countries to create convergence on key global and regional issues, the sources said.