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Telephone conversation with President of Syria Bashar al-Assad

February 24, 2016

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad.

The two leaders discussed various aspects of the Syrian conflict in the context of implementing the Russian-US statement (Russia and the United States being co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group) on cessation of hostilities in Syria starting on February 27, 2016.

Mr al-Assad assessed the proposals contained in the statement as an important step towards political settlement and confirmed the Syrian government’s readiness to facilitate the ceasefire’s implementation.

Mr Putin and Mr al-Assad stressed at the same time the need to continue the uncompromising fight against ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other groups on the UN Security Council’s list of terrorist organisations.

February 24, 2016