Putin: Congress in Sochi called upon to reunite the Syrian people

Putin: Congress in Sochi called upon to reunite the Syrian people

The Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi provides an opportunity to meet the Syrians’ aspirations to end the war, fully eradicate terrorism and return to normal life, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his message to the participants in the forum.

"Your forum is called upon to reunite the Syrian people after the armed conflict that lasted nearly seven years, which has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and forced millions of citizens to leave their home country," the message read out by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says.

"There is a good opportunity to meet the Syrians’ aspirations to end the fratricidal war, fully eradicate terrorism and return to normal life," TASS cited Putin as saying.

According to Putin, Syrians should jointly develop their vision of prospects to overcome the crisis and outline reforms in the country.

"Now all the constructive forces of the Syrian society have a key task of developing a common vision of prospects to overcome the crisis and together outlining the reforms that would enable citizens, regardless of their religious, ethnic background and social status, to feel safe and comfortable in their motherland," the president said.

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