Syrian President Bashar Assad visited the Russian Aerospace Forces’ base Hmeymim in the Syrian province of Latakia.

Russian Chief of General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov met Assad at the base, SANA news agency reported.

A guided tour was organized for the president.

The Hmeymim airbase in Latakia was built in 2015 to serve as a strategic center of Russia’s military operation against Daesh and other terrorist groups. In January 2017, the base was leased to Russia by Syria for another 49 years.

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