The following is an excerpt from CBSNews.com | October 21, 2015 |
DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Moscow Tuesday in his first known trip abroad since the war broke out in Syria in 2011 to meet his strongest ally Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Syrian and Russian media reported Wednesday.
A statement posted on the Syrian presidency's official Facebook page said Assad met with Putin on Tuesday to discuss the continuation of the military operations against terrorism in Syria. The aim of the military operation is to eradicate terrorism that is obstructing a political solution, the statement said.
The post included a photo of Assad with a wide smile shaking hands with Putin. Russian television showed footage of Putin and Russia's foreign and defense ministers meeting with Assad and his adviser.
Putin thanked Assad for "accepting our invitation and coming to Moscow despite a tragic situation in your country."
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