Syria: Assad expresses «profound gratitude to Putin» for help in IS defeat

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russia's help in defeating the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), during a meeting at the Russian-operated Khmeimim Air Base in northwest Syria, on Monday. According to Putin, «the fact that we defeated the main terrorist groups of IS here in Syria is extremely important for Syria, for Russia and for the... Еще whole world.» «I very much hope that together with Iran and Turkey, which contribute to the eradication of terrorism, we will be able to establish a peaceful life, a political process,» the president added. Expressing his «profound gratitude on behalf of the entire people of the Syrian Arab Republic,» Assad stressed how Russia and Syria made «it clear to the whole world that those countries which are ready to fight against IS, against the main virus of terrorism, are able to do this. And we did it.» Earlier on Monday, Vladimir Putin ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria.

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