During the meeting Putin congratulated Assad for the successes achieved with Russian help. President Assad said: "I relay on behalf of myself and the Syrian people the greetings to all the Russian state institutions; and on top of them the Russian Armed Forces; especially that these forces contributed martyrs of its own and huge efforts in Syria; and I was very pleased that you are with us; you, as officers had direct contribution to the battles on Syrian soil. When I visited President Putin two years ago in Moscow the Russian Air Campaign in Syria was in its early days, and now after a little over two years, the whole world can see the results on the ground; the results of Russian Airforce support to the Syrian Arab Army and its allies in their war on terror; and thanks to your sacrifices and the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army and its Allies, many Syrians were able to return to their homes. Thus, in the name of the Syrian people I greet and relay to you the gratitude; and to all Russian officers, fighters and pilots who contributed to the war." Both Assad and Putin underlined the importance of the political process. Assad, Commander in Chief of the Syrian Arab Armed Forces, is certainly the commander of one of the most capable armies today and qualified to attend a meeting Highest Military Command of Russia.