Russian delegation stresses support to upcoming parliamentary elections

Damascus, SANA – Speaker of the People’s Assembly Mohammad Jihad al-Laham hailed on Sunday the stance of the Russian government and people towards Syria in its war against the armed terrorist organizations.

During a meeting with a Russian parliamentary delegation, al-Laham affirmed that the Syrians highly appreciate Russia’s position towards their country.

Dmitry Sablin, member of the Russian Federation Council Defense and Security Committee, said the visit aims at listening to the Syrian officials about the upcoming parliamentary elections due to be held on April 13th and the difficulties facing them, if they are any, in order to support this peaceful process at the international forums.

He noted that the Russian parliamentarians support these elections in Syria and assert that political development is a right for all the Syrians.

For his part, Sergei Gavrilov, Chairman of the State Duma’s Committee on Property Affairs, said the delegation has seen the preparations for the upcoming elections and sensed the obvious competition among all candidates through their campaigns that are going on all over the Syrian cities.

These elections are in the interest of Russia as Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly expressed his support for legitimacy in Syria, Gavrilov added.

On the other hand, the Russian delegation held talks with a number of members of people’s Assembly where the two sides stressed the need to strengthen parliamentary relations and continue coordination at the international forums to the best interest of the two countries, especially in the field of fighting terrorism and extremism and the implementation of relevant international resolutions.

Later, Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi held a meeting with the Russian delegation, in which he said the Russian companies will be a real partner to their Syrian national counterparts in the post-crisis reconstruction stage, in cooperation with those from other friendly countries.

He highlighted the growing prospects of cooperation between Russia and Syria, referring to the possibility of expanding trade exchange and opening Russia’s markets for the Syrian products, particularly the agricultural ones.

M. al-Frieh/H. Said

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