Putin and Trump discuss Syrian and North Korean issues
Presidents of Russia and the US Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump discussed a telephone conversation the pressing aspects of the Syrian problem with accounts of the completing military operation against terrorists in Syria, the Kremlin press service said.
"Putin stressed readiness to facilitate a durable political settlement process in Syria on the basis of the UN Security Council's Resolution 2254 in the spirit of agreements reached in the Astana format and provisions of the Joint Statement the two Presidents endorsed on November 11 at the APEC summit in Vietnam," the report said, adding that the statement had produced an encouraging reaction in the Middle East.
The interlocutors also mentioned the importance of maintaining Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. This should be done in the groundwork of principles to be mapped out in the course of pan-Syrian negotiations and Russia's initiative for convening the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi later this year targets exactly this objective, it said.
Russia's President informed his US counterpart on the results of his meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in the course of which the Syrian leader confirmed commitment to the political process, the constitutional reform, presidential and parliamentary election.
In addition to it, emphasis was made on the trilateral talks that the Presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey are supposed to hold in Sochi on November 22 to coordinate step towards further normalization in Syria, the press service said.
Putin once again spoke in favor launching further efforts together with Washington to rebuff terrorism, he also noted practical importance of coordinated steps between the two countries’ intelligence services and Trump supported him.
The Presidents also exchanged opinions on the situation on the Korean peninsula, stressing the expedience of search for the settlement of the problem through negotiations, diplomatically.
In addition, the sides touched upon the situation in Afghanistan, which raises concerns in view of growing terrorist and drug threats.
They also discussed the situation around Iran’s nuclear program. The Russian side emphasized commitment "to a full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - a major factor in ensuring regional stability and settlement of the problem of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction".
Trump described the conversation with Putin as a "great call."
"We had a great call with President Putin. We're talking about peace in Syria - very important. We're talking about North Korea," the US President told reporters before his departure to Florida.