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Russian, Iranian FMs discuss ceasefire implementation in Syria — Russian Foreign Ministry

March 18, 2016, 20:38 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, March18. /TASS/. Issues of ceasefire observance in Syria were in focus of a telephone conversation between Russian and Iranian Foreign Ministers, Sergey Lavrov and Javad Zarif, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

"The sides discussed the situation in the Middle East with a focus on the implementation of ceasefire regime in Syria," the ministry said. "The two foreign ministers agree to continue to coordinate efforts in the interests of observing ceasefire in Syria in line with the provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2268."

"The two top diplomats stressed the necessity to establish a sustainable political process involving representatives of the Syrian government and a wide spectrum of opposition forces on the basis of the principles reiterated in the resolutions of the International Syria Support Group and United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254."

A ceasefire regime brokered by Russia and the United States on February 22 officially came into effect in Syria at midnight Damascus time on February 27. This does not cover terrorist groups such as Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, both outlawed in Russia, and other groups recognized as terrorist by the United Nations Security Council.

An hour before the ceasefire came into force, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution in support cessation of hostilities in Syria. The document was initiated by Russia and the United States and won support from all the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council.

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