Syrian president receives phone call from Russia’s Putin

Published: Wednesday 24th February 2016 by The News Editor

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Syrian president Bashar Assad has received a phone call from Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Syria’s state-run news agency said.

SANA said that during the call with Mr Putin on Wednesday, the Syrian president confirmed Damascus’s readiness to support the implementation of the agreement for a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria.

The agreement, engineered by the US and Russia, is set to take effect at midnight Friday local time. It does not cover the Islamic State group, Syria’s al Qaida branch known as the Nusra Front, or any other militia designated as a terrorist group by the UN Security Council.

SANA said the two leaders stressed the importance of continuing to fight the Islamic State, the Nusra Front “and other terrorist organisations”.

Published: Wednesday 24th February 2016 by The News Editor

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