The Sochi Summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin next week could unveil a new chapter in bilateral trade relations, India's apex trade group Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) said on Thursday.
"With the start of the political process in its most active phase, foreign armed forces will withdraw from Syrian territory", Putin said, without specifying which foreign forces. At the invitation of Russian President Putin, Modi will visit Russia on May, 21 wherein the two leaders will exchange views on global matters in a broad and long-term perspective with the objective of further strengthening the "Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership".
"After these military successes, additional conditions have doubtless been created for the renewal of a fully fledged political process", he was quoted as saying.
Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Assad informed Mr Putin of his decision to "send a delegation to the UN" to discuss reforming the country's constitution.More news: Fortnite's 4.2 Update Adds New Burst Rifle and Perk Recombobulator
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According to the report, Putin congratulated Assad on the "big achievement" recorded by the Syrian army in the war against terrorism. Its military support not only ensured the survival of Assad's regime but also changed the course of the war.
In a statement from the Syrian presidency, Mr Assad said "we have evaluated the political process" and will select candidates for a constitutional committee, a suggestion proposed in January at a summit in Sochi, that will work with the United Nations.
Sources said there could be more such informal summits between Modi and other world leaders in the coming months as India eyes to play an important role in global power dynamics.
Putin is scheduled to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday and French President Emmanuel Macron next week.