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Putin, Trump Back Syria Peace Plans During Meeting at APEC

  • Both leaders said satisfied with successful cooperation
  • Agree there’s ‘no military solution’ to long-running war
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President Vladimir Putin and U.S. leader Donald Trump agreed to support a political reconciliation in Syria with the participation of President Bashar al-Assad, while maintaining the existing two-nation communication channels used to fight Islamic State.

Trump and Putin are satisfied with the “successful U.S.-Russia” military efforts that have “dramatically accelerated” the jihadist group’s battlefield losses, according to a joint statement issued after the leaders met briefly on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam.