Putin: Political process in Syria will accelerate foreign troop withdrawal

Screen grab showing President Vladimir Putin greets Syrian President Bashar Assad in Sochi, Russia, May17, 2018. (Syrian Alikhbariyah)
Updated 17 May 2018
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Putin: Political process in Syria will accelerate foreign troop withdrawal

SOCHI: Russian President Vladimir Putin met Thursday with Syria's Bashar Assad in the city of Sotchi in southern Russia, the Kremlin said.
"There were detailed discussions" between the two leaders, who last met in December at a Russian military air base in the Syria's coastal province of Latakia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.


Palestinian president expected to leave hospital Sunday: sources

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Palestinian president expected to leave hospital Sunday: sources

  • It is expected that Mahmud Abbas will leave hospital early Sunday afternoon
  • His extended hospitalization has led to widespread speculation over his condition, particularly with no successor publicly in line for the Palestinian presidency

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas is expected to leave hospital on Sunday afternoon after a week of treatment for pneumonia, a Palestinian official and medical source said.
The sources spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity surrounding the 83-year-old’s hospitalization at the Istishari Arab Hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.
One of the sources said his release could occur around 2:00 p.m. (1100 GMT).
His extended hospitalization has led to widespread speculation over his condition, particularly with no successor publicly in line for the Palestinian presidency.
Pictures and video of Abbas walking around the wards and reading a newspaper were published late Monday, in an apparent attempt to calm rumors that his condition was more serious than reported.
Abbas was admitted on May 20 with complications following an ear operation, including a high fever.
Officials have since confirmed he was being treated for pneumonia.
In February, he underwent what were described as routine medical tests in the United States.
Abbas won a four-year term as president in 2005, but he has since remained in office without further elections.
Abbas argues the split between his Fatah party and Islamist movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has made elections politically impossible.
A moderate, he has been involved in decades of negotiations with Israel but is unpopular among Palestinians, with the majority wanting him to step down.