Trump, Putin say US-Russia deal on Syria will save many lives

Orient Net - Ahmad al-Shehabi 2017-11-11 21:02:00

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US President Donald Trump said on November 11 that an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Syria would save many lives after the two met at a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders, while the Russian leader called the statement "extraordinarily important."

"We agreed very quickly," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One as he flew from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the resort city of Danang to Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. "It’s going to save tremendous numbers of lives," he said of the agreement announced by the Kremlin in a joint statement on its website.

Separately, Putin told journalists at the end of the summit that the joint statement "is extraordinarily important" and confirms the principles of the antiterrorism fight.

The joint statement said that Trump and Putin had agreed on the sidelines of the APEC summit that a political solution was needed on Syria and that they would continue efforts to fight ISIS.

Russia and the United States agree there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict, the joint statement said.

Although the White House had said no official meeting was planned, Trump and Putin also shook hands at a dinner on November 10.

"We spoke intermittently during that roundtable. We seem to have a very good feeling for each other and a good relationship considering we don’t know each other well," Trump said, adding that he and Putin had two or three very short verbal exchanges.

The Kremlin said earlier that the statement on Syria was coordinated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson especially for the meeting in Danang.