Trump and Putin decide to fight IS in Syria
Nov 11, Hanoi:Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin have agreed to fight so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria until its defeat, the Kremlin says.
In total, the two leaders had three encounters within 24 hours at the summit in the port city of Da Nang.
There has been no official confirmation from the US about the statement so far.The pair met for the first time in July at the G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg.Questions over Donald Trump's ties to Moscow have dogged his presidency, with key former aides under investigation for alleged collaboration with Russian interference in the 2016 election. The Kremlin has denied the allegations.
According to Russia's Interfax news agency, they promised to maintain existing Russian-US military channels of communication to prevent "serious incidents involving the forces of partners combating IS".Russia has been the Syrian government's main ally in the six-year long civil war. The US meanwhile has been backing Syrian Arab and Kurdish rebels on the ground, and since 2014 it has led a coalition carrying out air strikes against IS in Syria.
The Oslo Times International News Network