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>> Making headway on Syria, Presidents Trump and Putin agreeing a joint statement on Saturday, saying that they saw no military solution to the conflict and that a political one was needed instead. US President, Donald Trump, saying that their agreement would save tremendous numbers of lives. Russian President, Vladimir Putin, saying he had a normal dialog with Trump, describing him as civil, well educated and comfortable to deal with.
Trump agreeing, saying the pair got on well and that a good relationship with Russia is crucial. The discussion is said to have been coordinated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Labrov and US Secretary of Sate Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of the APEC summit in the Vietnamese resort of Da Nang.
With Islamic State having suffered losses in Syria and beyond, greater tension is now turning to the broader conflict between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebel factions. The Kremlin saying Russia and the US have confirmed their commitment to Syria's sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity. Calling on all parties to Syrian conflict to take an active part in the Geneva political process.
Trump and Putin are said to have spoken before the group photo ceremony for the APEC economic leaders. Although the White House has said no official meeting was planned, it also said it was possible they would bump into each other. Trump had previously shown little appetite for holding talks with Putin, unless there is some sense that progress could be made on festering issues such as Syria, Ukraine, and North Korea.