Saudi Arabia hails Russian pull-out from Syria

Riyadh, March 16 (IANS) Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir on Wednesday welcomed the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria as a “positive step”, Al Arabiya News reported.

Al-Jubeir told reporters that he hoped the pull-out will force Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to compromise and speed up a political solution.

Meanwhile, he denied any major deal between Saudi Arabia and Russia that is related to the Saudi oil policy and the Russian foreign policy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Monday that most Russian forces would be withdrawn from Syria.

Russia started helping Syria in September by carrying out air strikes and providing other military assistance against the militant groups.

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