Trump, Putin discuss Syria in lengthy phone call

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud discussed on Tuesday counterterrorism with Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone, Saudi Press Agency reported.

"Syria is striving in the fight against terrorist (s). the Syrian people are going through very hard trials and are gradually approaching the final, unavoidable rout of terrorists", Putin said according to Russian news agency Sputnik.

Mr Putin hosted Mr Assad in the Black Sea resort of Sochi yesterday.

According to sources, Iran's Major General Mohammad Bagheri, Russia's Valery Gerasimov and Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar discussed areas of de-conflict zones in Syria.

The Kremlin says Syrian President Bashar Assad's visit to Russia is to ensure that he agrees to possible peace initiatives with Russia, Iran and Turkey.

Ankara Moscow and Tehran are cooperating with increasing intensity on ending the over six-year civil war in Syria that has left 330,000 dead and millions homeless
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The first was in October 2015, shortly before Russian Federation launched its military campaign in Syria to shore up Mr Assad's forces.

The Kremlin said that during his phone call with Trump Putin had stressed the "need to keep Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity intact".

It was the second time Assad has traveled to Russian Federation to meet with Putin in the course of the country's six-year civil war.

Hostilities between Assad and the Syrian rebels began in March 2011.

Putin himself said at his meeting with Assad that he planned to hold telephone talks with the U.S. presidents and the leaders of some of the Middle Eastern countries. Noting the length, he said he and Putin spoke "very strongly about bringing peace to Syria" and "very strongly about North Korea".

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