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Putin, Qatari emir note importance of truce observation by all sides in Syrian conflict

March 21, 17:39 UTC+3
In a phone conversation the leaders noted the importance of ceasefire observation by all sides in the conflict as the main condition for launching a comprehensive political process under UN auspices
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MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani have noted in a telephone conversation the importance of ceasefire observation by all sides in the Syrian conflict, the Kremlin press service said on Monday.

"The Qatari emir has highly assessed the efforts of the Russian side on normalizing the situation in Syria following the decision made by the Russian president on 14 March 2016 on withdrawing the main part of the military task force from this country," the Kremlin added.

The leaders noted the importance of ceasefire observation by all sides in the Syrian conflict as the main condition for launching a comprehensive political process under UN auspices.

"It was agreed to continue close joint work on the Syrian dossier, including its humanitarian component. Bilateral contacts at different levels are planned with these aims," the press service noted.

The telephone conversation took place on the initiative of the Qatari side.

The ceasefire between government forces and armed opposition took effect in Syria at 00:00 Damascus Time on February 27. An hour before the agreement entered into force, UN Security Council adopted a resolution in support of cessation of hostilities in Syria. The inter-Syrian talks resumed in Geneva on March 9.

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