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Agreement on Syria step in right direction — UAE top diplomat

February 26, 13:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the minister, the session of the Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum in Moscow on the topic that "causes concern among Arab countries - Iran’s interference into their internal affairs"
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MOSCOW, February 26. /TASS/. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) welcome the agreement between Russia and United States on ceasefire in Syria and consider it as a step in the right direction, Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said on Friday.

"I welcome the agreement between Russia and US on ceasefire in Syria," he said after the session of the Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum in Moscow. "We think this is a step in the right direction which will allow to come closer to the resolution of the conflict," he added.

Al Nahyan said that other issues were discussed as well at the session of the Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum. "We had a great opportunity to discuss the situation in the Middle East, crises in Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, as well as those difficulties that Syria’s neighbor countries - Iraq and Jordan - faced," the foreign minister noted.

The session also focused on the topic that "causes concern among Arab countries - Iran’s interference into their internal affairs, Tehran’s support for terrorist groups, disrespect of countries’ sovereignty," he said.

The participants in the session also discussed cooperation in the sphere of culture and science. "We agreed on a practical thing - the possibility of establishing an Arab Center of Science and Culture in Moscow. We think that such center will allow to strengthen relations between Russia and Arab countries," the foreign minister said.

On Monday night Russia and the United States released a joint statement saying that the ceasefire will take effect in Syria at 00:00 Damascus Time on February 27.

"The United States of America and the Russian Federation, as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) and seeking to achieve a peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis with full respect for the fundamental role of the United Nations, are fully determined to provide their strongest support to end the Syrian conflict and establish conditions for a successful Syrian-led political transition process, facilitated by the UN," the joint statement of the United States and Russia said.

The statement points out that the cessation of hostilities is to be applied to all parties to the Syrian conflict but for Daesh (the Arabic acronym for Islamic State) and Jebhat an-Nusra (both are banned in Russia) "or other terrorist organizations designated by the UN Security Council."

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