Jordan’s King Abdullah convened with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a meeting on Tuesday, emphasising the importance of Moscow’s role in bringing together opposing sides in Syria in an attempt to put an end to the conflict that has claimed the lives of more than 300,000 people.
“We need to find a solution on Syria. Your role and the role of your country is vital in bringing together all the rival sides to a negotiating table towards a peace solution,” the Jordanian king told Putin during their meeting.
Russia, along with Iran, have been key backers of Syrian President Bashar al Assad in the ongoing conflict, which began with peaceful demonstrations in 2011 where unarmed civilians would go down in the streets calling for dignity and freedom.
The Russian president also discussed Syria’s four-year-conflict with the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al Nahyan on Tuesday as the two met in Moscow as part of an official two-day visit.
On Wednesday, Putin will also meet Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al Sisi in Moscow in the latest high-level diplomatic contacts over the Syrian crisis and possible bilateral cooperation, including plans for Russia to build a nuclear power station in Egypt, the Kremlin said in a statement.
This is the third visit for Sisi to Moscow, which frames the extent to which Russian-Egyptian relations improved after the overthrow of Egypt’s first elected president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
Following the long sought completion of Iran’s nuclear deal with the US and the world powers, a long streak of high-level diplomatic contacts aimed at finding solutions to the Syrian war could bring about a positive future for the war-torn country, even though previous diplomacy on Syria’s conflict has been a complete failure.
A fresh push for a solution is under way, leading to speculation Assad could be forced out of office for a settlement to be reached, according to the BBC.
France said that that "neutralisation" of Assad is essential to end the crisis. French President Francois Hollande said: "We must reduce the terrorist influence without maintaining Assad. The two are bound up together."