MOSCOW, March 2. /TASS/. Russian Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov has discussed the issue of dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake in Syria with a representative of the Syrian opposition Popular Front for Change and Liberation and head of the Syrian opposition’s Moscow Platform Qadri Jamil.
"During the conversation, they had an in-depth exchange of views on the developments in and around Syria, especially in light of new challenges related to the need to deal with the fallout from the devastating February 6 earthquake," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued on Thursday following a meeting held the day before.
The Ministry also noted that the parties touched upon the issue of a comprehensive settlement of the Syrian crisis on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
On February 6, 7.7 and 7.6-magnitude earthquakes struck Turkey’s Kahramanmaras province in the country’s southeast, nine hours apart. The tremors, followed by hundreds of aftershocks, were also felt in neighboring countries, of which Syria was the hardest hit. On February 20, two new aftershocks with magnitudes of 6.4 and 5.8-magnitude occurred in Turkey’s Hatay province.