As the world continues to mourn the deadly terror attacks in Paris last week that left more than 130 dead and over 300 wounded, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama held parley on the sidelines of G20 leader’s summit in Antalya, Turkey. The two leaders are learnt to have agreed on the need for UN-sponsored peace talks and a ceasefire to resolve years of war in Syria. The Syria conflict is considered to be a core issue to address the ever-growing threat of terror syndicate Islamic State (IS).
The terror syndicate has allegedly claimed the responsibility of seven simultaneous attacks in an around Paris on November 13.
“President Obama and President Putin agreed on the need for a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political transition, which would be proceeded by UN-mediated negotiations between the Syrian opposition and regime as well a ceasefire,” a White House official told the press after Putin-Obama meeting on Sunday.
“The two held a constructive discussion that lasted about 35 minutes,” the official added further.
The meeting happened at a tea break of G20 summit, where the two top leaders sat across a coffee table with interpreter and US National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
According to further reports, US President Barack Obama welcomed the international efforts to fight against Islamic State (IS), as the two leaders talked about solutions to Syrian conflicts. This is viewed as a significant development for the two establishments has thus far voiced varied opinions on the ways to counter the IS.
Obama also expressed his condolences to Russian Airliner A321 air crash victims. On October 31, Airbus A321 operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia, crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. All 224 people on board were killed in what has become the largest civil aviation disaster in Russian and Soviet history.
Prior to the meeting, Obama and Putin shook hands and chatted briefly when they were joining by other G20 leaders for a “family photo,” which was followed by a working lunch and a G20 working session.
Obama and Putin had last met in New York in September during the annual general debate of the UN General Assembly.
Washington, Moscow and other major global and regional powers agreed on Saturday on a timetable for establishing a transition government in Syria and holding an election within 18 months, but failed to bridge the gaps over the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
(With inputs from the Agencies)