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Russia pushes ‘Sochi Process’ to shape Syria’s future under al-Assad

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will host the Turkish and Iranian presidents, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Hassan Rouhani on Nov. 22 in Sochi. It is a key summit at which the Syrian issue will be discussed from A to Z.

The summit comes nine days after Putin and Erdoğan met - again in Sochi - to evaluate the latest developments in the Syrian theater, amid the prospect of the upcoming process for a political solution to the years-long civil war.

Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump together stressed the need for a political solution to the question, in a rare agreement earlier this month that pushed Moscow to work for an accelerated settlement in Syria. One of most important aspects of the Trump-Putin agreement was the fact that both leaders praised the role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in ending the violence, as well as in the recent reform steps on Syria’s “normalization” process.

Late on Nov. 20, al-Assad paid an announced visit to Sochi as the guest of Putin ahead of tomorrow’s summit. Putin was also supposed to hold a series of phone conversations with the leaders of the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others to discuss a potential roadmap for a political solution to the Syrian issue.

Equally important is the fact Putin’s conversation with........

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