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Putin Calls Assad to Congratulate With Aleppo Liberation

© Sputnik / Alexei Druzhinin / Go to the photo bankPresident Vladimir Putin meets with President of Syria Bashar al-Assad
President Vladimir Putin meets with President of Syria Bashar al-Assad - Sputnik International
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Syrian President Bashar Assad with the liberation of Aleppo during a phone conversation, the Kremlin said Friday, noting that the main task now is peace efforts.

Supporters of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad carry their national flags and gesture as they tour the streets in celebration of what they say is the Syrian army's victory against the rebels in Aleppo, Syria December 12, 2016 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Putin also stressed that "now the main task is to focus on issues relating to promoting peaceful settlement, particularly by concluding an agreement on the comprehensive settlement of the Syrian crisis."

"This success was made possible through the joint efforts of all those who united in the fight against international terrorism in Syria," Putin's message circulated by the Kremlin's press service stated.

On December 16, the Russian Defense Ministry's center for Syrian reconciliation said that the Syrian army operation to liberate Aleppo's eastern neighborhoods was over, and that Syrian government troops were eliminating separate hotbeds of militants' resistance. On Thursday, the Syrian army declared victory in Aleppo as the last convoy with militants left the city's east.

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