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Putin urges all to fight Islamic State, backs Syria’s Assad | National News

Contributed by on June 29, 2015 at 7:54 pm

“I received a promise from President Putin to support Syria politically, economically and militarily”, Walid al-Muallem said during a televised news conference following a meeting with Putin, according to AFP.

Moscow has been a key backer of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad throughout the uprising against him that began in March 2011, providing diplomatic cover, as well as financial assistance to Damascus.

Putin also urged other Middle East countries to help Syria fight off the armed radical Islamist factions that now control vast swaths of Syrian territory, including parts of the country’s capital.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al Moallem held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday then was whisked to the Kremlin to meet with Putin.

The Russian leader told the Syrian envoy that Russia’s ‘policy to support Syria, the Syrian leadership and the Syrian people remains unchanged.’.

The Syrian army said today it had recaptured a major residential quarter in Hasaka from Islamic State insurgents who stormed the strategically located northeastern city last week and drove out thousands of civilians.

Islamic State said it had carried out suicide attacks on army checkpoints in Ghwyran and that its fighters had advanced to new locations in Hasaka’s Aziziya district.

The militants have deployed scores of suicide bombers against army checkpoints in recent days that has enabled them to take up positions deeper inside the city.

While referring to rise of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Putin suggested Syria that it (Syria) should resolve its issues with neighboring countries to unite efforts to fight with evil of worldwide terrorism.

Syria’s top diplomat praised Russia’s contribution to promoting cooperation in the Middle East, but added that, “to create a coalition you mentioned, an efficient coalition of neighbor countries, we need even more effort”. But the army appears to have been putting up a strong fight, and state television said over the weekend that dozens of enemy fighters had been killed.

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