High profile discussions between heads of state from Russia, Syria, the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have raised the question of whether the violent conflict in Syria could finally be coming to an end.

We’re talking about peace in Syria, very important,” Trump said during an impromptu press conference at the White House in regards to his talk with Putin.

Putin spoke with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu as well, Sputnik reported. The leaders talked about avenues for “further expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation in various areas, including contacts between security services,” the Kremlin’s press office said.

A substantive exchange of views was held on the prospects for the development of the situation in the Middle East region, primarily in the context of the final stage of the fight against international terrorism in Syria.

Putin’s busy day with foreign leaders entailed informing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi about “Russian assessments of the latest developments in the situation in Syria” about how to eliminate remaining terrorist elements. Similar discussions were held between Putin and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman as well, the Kremlin press service added.

“There is still probably a lot of conflict in Syria to go on. There’s no question there will be guerilla-terrorist conflict for a decade-plus to come.

There are still territories of Syria that are still controlled by the Islamic State [Daesh]. All of Idlib province is still controlled literally by al-Qaeda, going under its latest rebranding HTS, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham,” 

And then there’s Ahrar al-Sham, an al-Qaeda splinter group, which controls territory adjacent to Idlib in north-central Syria and is supported by Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has “no intention of going anywhere anytime soon” he said, concluding, the “conflict was far from over.”

“We all hope a political settlement can be reached between US proxies that are still occupying large swaths of oil-rich eastern Syria and the Syrian government” he said, but “what the Trump administration’s policy is… is as unclear as what Obama’s policy was for the last six years”

Jerusalem Today / AA Magnum Analyst News 2017.


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