White House: Trump, Putin set to speak Tuesday

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and his United States counterpart Donald Trump will discuss issues they consider necessary during their upcoming telephone conversation, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"Two years ago, when I met with President Putin in Moscow, the fighting was just beginning.

I hope that in the very near future we will put the final point in the fight against terrorism in Syria, although it is clear that the centers will still exist, they will still emerge", Putin said.

A Kremlin statement issued after the meeting quoted Putin as saying he would be phoning Trump on Tuesday, along with leaders of other countries involved in the Syrian conflict, such as Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

A Russian state TV report said the two leaders held bilateral talks on Monday and then met with Russian military chiefs.

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It's the first time the two leaders have met since October 2015, just a month after Russian Federation came to the aid of the embattled dictator with a series of airstrikes against rebels opposing Assad's regime.

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.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced almost half of the country's pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.

"Over this period great achievements were recorded both in the battlefield, as well as on the political level".

They will also handle the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria and possible contributions to the Geneva process toward a political solution in the country under U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254.

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