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Trump, Putin issue joint statement on fighting ISIS in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump agreed on a joint statement on Syria today that said there was no military solution to the conflict and political one was needed.

Kremlin which published the text of the joint statement on its website said the statement on Syria was coordinated by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov and the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.

According to the Kremlin website, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin approved the statement on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Vietnamese resort of Danang.

Russian officials said Putin and Trump had a conversation before the group photo ceremony for APEC leaders in Danang. The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the Kremlin announcement or the conversation the Kremlin said took place.

In their joint statement, the two world leaders repeated the urgency of destroying the Islamic State. They agreed to maintain open military channels of communication among army professionals to help ensure the safety of both U.S. and Russian forces.

Trump and Putin also confirmed their commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and called on all parties involved in the Syrian conflict to use the Geneva process to find a resolution.

Source: AIR