Syria’s Assad Hold Talks With Russian Defense Minister in Damascus

The Syrian President Bashar Assad has held talks with the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu in Damascus. The two sides discussed military cooperation and joint actions against jihadists in Syria.

“During the meeting, the two sides discussed the military and military-technical cooperation between [Russia and Syria] in view of the successful operations of Syrian government troops supported by the Russian Air Force aimed at defeating Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL),” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Shoigu submitted a letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin to Assad, “congratulating him on lifting the siege” imposed by ISIS on Deir ez Zor, the Syrian presidency said in a statement.

The two sides underlined their resolve to continue counter-terrorism efforts across Syria until terrorism is defeated completely, noting that the fate of the war in Syria will determine the future map of the region.

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