Putin hosts Abu Dhabi's crown prince for Syria-related talks

AP , Thursday 24 Mar 2016

Putin, Muhammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Jordanian King Abdallah at the opening ceremony of the MAKS-2015 in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. (Photo: AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has hosted the crown prince of Abu Dhabi for talks which were to focus on the Syrian crisis.

Welcoming Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the start of Thursday's Kremlin meeting, Putin hailed ties with the United Arab Emirates, adding that Moscow was willing to expand them.

The crown prince noted that Moscow plays an important role in the Middle East and voiced hope that cooperation between the UAE and Russia could help stabilize the region.

His visit follows Saturday's crash of a FlyDubai plane that went down while landing in strong winds in Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia, killing all 62 people on board, most of whom were Russian holiday-makers. The Kremlin said cooperation in the crash probe was to be part of the talks' agenda.

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