Speaking at the opening of the meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the coordinated efforts of Moscow, Ankara and Tehran have prevented the disintegration of Syria. He noted that the military actions against the terrorists are coming to an end.

“A decisive strike has been carried out against Syrian terrorists, offering a real chance to put an end to the long-lasting civil war,” Putin said.

Although there are real prospects for Syria to develop as a peaceful state, it is of major importance to determine basic principles of the internal political situation in the near future.

According to Vladimir Putin, “the Syrian people themselves have to agree on the principles.” Intra-Syrian dialogue should include all groups of the country’s population and this goal is pursued by the future National Dialogue Congress, Russian president added.

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