October 13, 2019 / 10:10 AM / 2 months ago

CORRECTED-Putin says a new Syrian constitution should guarantee all groups' rights - Arabiya

(Corrects text to clarify Putin speaking ahead of visit to Saudi)

DUBAI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said any new constitution that is drawn up for Syria should guarantee the rights of all ethnic and religions groups.

He was speaking in an interview with Arab broadcasters, including Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV, ahead of his first visit to Saudi Arabia in over a decade.

He said that Syrians “interact positively” with Russian military police and military stationed in the country and that most military police in Syria are Muslims drawn from Russia’s north Caucasus region. Russia has been a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his war with rebels and militants.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli and Aziz El Yaakoubi Writing by Lisa Barrington Editing by Mark Heinrich

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