Syria's Assad says Geneva talks gave no results

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He also said US President Donald Trump had ordered strikes against a Syrian air base last month - a response to an alleged chemical attack against civilians - in order to "present his credentials" to US political and lobby groups.

Tillerson and Lavrov's meeting in Alaska comes 150 years after Washington purchased the USA state from Moscow.

Minsk/Beirut: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that de-escalation zones proposed by his ally Russian Federation were a chance for rebels to "reconcile" with Damascus and drive out Islamist militants, but vowed to fight on calling UN-led peace talks fruitless.

Lavrov's American counterpart Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has admitted that US-Russian relations are at their lowest ebb since the Cold War and that there is nearly no trust left.

Mr. Lavrov is the highest-ranking Russian official to meet Mr. Trump since he took office on January 20.

In an interview with the Tasnim News Agency, Mohamed Khair al-Akam said there are concerns about the de-escalation agreement in Syria, though the deal has positive features as well.

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Neither Washington, which backs the opposition, nor Moscow, a longtime ally of the Syrian regime, have managed to find a solution to the conflict. "The president further emphasised his desire to build a better relationship between the United States and Russian Federation", the White House said.

The agreement calls for the creation of four "de-escalation zones" to shore up a ceasefire, ban flights and allow for deliveries of humanitarian aid. "So we'll look at the proposal and see if it can work".

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Monday that Moscow expected "above all coming to a common understanding on the need for de-escalation in Syria".

"I will not go to any concessions since the President has no right to make concessions at the national scale", he said.

Trump "also raised the possibility of broader cooperation on resolving conflicts in the Middle East", the White House said.

Tillerson and Lavrov's meeting in Alaska comes 150 years after Washington purchased the U.S. state from Moscow.

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