Damascus :(APS)Oct 25,23,2015-Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reiterated his focus on eliminating the threat of terrorists in his country, saying Sunday that would lead to the political solution that Syrians seek to the crisis they have endured for more than 4½ years.
Assad met with a group of Russian lawmakers and other officials in Damascus, and the state-run SANA news agency said.
One member of the Russian delegation, lawmaker Alexander Yushchenko, relayed that Assad said he was prepared to take part in a new presidential election, as well as holding a vote for parliament, if that is what the Syrian people want.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Sunday that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed in a phone call the “prospects” for an internationally backed political settlement in Syria that would involve Syrian authorities and “patriotic opposition.”
Russia has backed Assad politically and militarily, while the United States believes Assad should not be part of any long-term political resolution to Syria’s conflict.