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Friday, 10 March 2017

Putin, Erdogan Vow Cooperation to Help End Syria Crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin said a truce in Syria is on the whole being observed, as he welcomed his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Moscow, adding that he is cautiously optimistic about the prospects of a deal to end the six-year Syrian conflict.


Russia and Turkey, which back opposing sides in Syria's war, co-brokered a ceasefire in December that helped reduce the scale of fighting between Syrian President Bashar Assad and the opposition.

They also supported two rounds of talks this year between the government and the rebels, while a third set is scheduled for next week.

"Due to the active action of Turkey and Russia we managed to bring the rival forces together, and due to our joint effort the Syrian ceasefire continues,"  Putin told reporters on Friday, hailing Ankara's "exceptional cooperation" in keeping the truce.

For his part, Erdogan said that there are "no doubts" about the "very successful" Syria talks sponsored by the two countries, adding that Turkey was cooperating with Russia's military.

"All parties need to work out towards a good resolution," he said at the joint press conference in the Russian capital, Al Jazeera reported.
 (Tasnim)
10/3/17

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