The Syrian President – Dr. Bashar Al-Assad – has reportedly made his first foreign visit in four and half years after he surprised many with his presence in Moscow on Tuesday; this visit was later confirmed by the Russian Presidential Spokesperson – Dmitri Peskov – who added the following:
“President Assad came on a working visit to Moscow on Tuesday evening and held talks with President Putin.”
President Assad’s visit to Moscow has come as a surprise to many because of his long absence from foreign affairs; however, it appears that his presence to the Russian capital was at the request of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has recently increased the Russian Federation’s role in the four year long Syrian Conflict.
The diplomatic topic discussed between the two presidents was unknown; moreover, the duration of President Assad’s visit to the Russian capital is also unknown at this moment.
On Tuesday, President Assad’s wife, Asma, was pictured visiting wounded soldiers and their families at the Jableh Military Hospital in the Latakia Governorate’s southern countryside – she made no mention of the President Assad’s travels.
President Assad’s visit to Moscow was likely to discuss the recent developments inside of Syria since the Russian Federation deployed their forces to combat both Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) around the country.