UPDATED 6:47 AM PT — Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have reached an agreement on Syria. During their meeting in Sochi, Russia Tuesday, the pair agreed on a path forward to a political solution to the Syrian conflict.
The sides reaffirmed their commitment to fighting Islamic terrorism as well as advancing a shared set of interests in Syria. This includes rewriting the Syrian constitution in order to ensure a peace settlement between President Bashar al-Assad and his political opponents.
Secretary Pompeo also emphasized the importance of cooperation in other areas:
“I have a couple of other ideas to suggest. Some of our cooperation has been excellent: on North Korea, on Afghanistan, we have done good work, counter-terrorism work together. These are the things we can build upon. I know we will have a chance to talk about our strategic security dialogue as well.”
Meanwhile, Putin called for America’s cooperation towards solving regional crises and tackling transnational crime.