Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed development following the ceasefire agreement between Turkey and Russia that came into effect in Idleb, Syria on March 5, according to SANA adding that the violations committed by the rebels were also discussed during this meeting.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Friday, March 20 that a cautious calm prevailed in the part of the Idleb province. The ceasefire persists despite some violations.
The ceasefire agreement follows several direct clashes between Turkish and Syrian forces in Idleb in the past two months since Syria launched a campaign against rebel groups backed by Turkey.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also had a phone meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding the situation in Syria and discussed the new coronavirus pandemic and the settlement of the Syrian conflict in a telephone conversation on Wednesday, April 1, the Kremlin said in a statement.
“The heads of state (Russia and Turkey) have informed each other of the measures taken to fight this infection. very particular attention is paid to cooperation to ensure the return to their homeland of the Russian citizens who are in Turkey”.
According to the press release, the substantial exchange of views continued on the Syrian settlement, in particular on the implementation of the Russian-Turkish agreements on the stabilization of the situation in the de-escalation zone of Idleb, which were concluded on March 5.
The two sides also addressed Libyan issues and discussed topical issues on the bilateral agenda, with an emphasis on trade and economic cooperation, the statement said.
The two presidents agreed to maintain contacts at different levels.
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