Senior Russian delegation arrives in Syrian capital for talks

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov (R, front) arrives at Damascus international airport in Damascus, capital of Syria, on Sept. 6, 2020. (Photo by Ammar Safarjalani/Xinhua)

DAMASCUS, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- A senior Russian delegation headed by Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov arrived in the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday evening to hold talks with top Syrian officials, according to state news agency SANA.

The Russian officials will hold talks with the Syrian side about developing and enhancing cooperation on all levels, said SANA.

A day earlier, the pro-government al-Watan newspaper cited Syria's ambassador to Russia Riad Haddad as saying that the visit of the Russian delegation holds special significance considering the political and economic files that will be discussed.

Haddad said that counter-terrorism, the work of the Syrian constitutional committee, as well as, the Western economic sanctions on Syria, will be discussed during the visit.

Meanwhile, Russia Today news website said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will join the Russian delegation on Monday.

Russia has emerged as a key international ally to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government.

With the help of the Russian forces, the Syrian government has retrieved key areas across the country.