Putin stresses need to continue efforts for political settlement to crisis in Syria

St. Petersburg, SANA- Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed the need to continue efforts to reach a political settlement to the crisis in Syria taking into account the Syrian National Dialogue Congress recommendations.

Putin made his remarks during a joint press conference with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Thursday.

“Russia will continue working with the Syrian government and the opposition in the framework of the Astana process. This format of negotiations has proved its effectiveness and gives a significant result since it is mainly based on the necessity of adhering to the principle of respect for the Syrian sovereignty,” said Putin

Putin underlined the importance of forming the constitutional committee that has been agreed upon at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress held in Sochi and launching its work, welcoming Syria’s decision to send its delegation to the UN to take part in this committee.

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