President Bashar al-Assad of Syria hails Russia’s stance on the crisis in the Arab country 0

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has hailed Russia’s stance on the crisis in the Arab country, saying Moscow’s support for Damascus in different fields has helped alleviate the suffering of the nation. Assad made the remarks in a meeting with a Russian delegation, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, in Damascus on Tuesday.

Regarding global matters and the ongoing conflict in Syria, Russia has adopted policies based on commitment to the international law and respect for the sovereignty of states, consolidating its position as a great power, the Syrian leader said. Russia’s backing for Syria in various fields has tangibly contributed to soothe the suffering of the Syrian people caused by to the foreign-sponsored war on their country and economic sanctions in place for years.

Rogozin, for his part, emphasized that Moscow’s military, economic and political support for the Syrian government and people is aimed at boosting their resilience against terrorism that has affected not only Syria, but elsewhere across the world. The two sides further discussed historical bilateral relations between the two nations as well as cooperation in the fields of fighting terrorism, economy and trade.  They also agreed to bolster ties in the economic, commercial, oil, investment, gas and transport sectors.

Syria has been hit by deadly militancy it blames on some Western countries and their regional allies since March 2011. Russia has been conducting an aerial campaign against Daesh and other terror outfits in the Middle Eastern country at the Damascus government’s request since last September.

The image grab taken from a video released by the Russian Defense Ministry on November 15, 2016, shows Russian Su-33 fighter jets standing on the flight deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. (Photo by AP)

Separately on Tuesday, Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis sat down with Rogozin and his accompanying delegation. During the meeting, Khamis appreciated the support of Russian nation and leadership for the Syrians, while expressing his country’s interest in developing economic relations with Moscow and stressing that Syria will spare no efforts to remove obstacles that hinder bilateral ties.

Rogozin, for his part, referred to the Russia’s anti-terror camping in Syria, saying, “The success of the military operation in Syria will not be completed without supporting the economic life of the citizens in order to continue the work and achieve victory.”

Additionally, the Syrian-Russian Joint Committee, co-chaired by Rogozin and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, held a session on bilateral economic relations. Muallem hailed the role of Russia in empowering his country to counter terrorism, noting that the repercussions of the war were the main cause of the Syrians’ need for economic support. Elsewhere in his comments, the top Syrian diplomat said that Damascus will give priority to its friends, including the Russian companies, in reconstruction projects.