Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, have discussed the latest developments regarding the battle against terrorism in Syria.
During the phone conversation on Wednesday, the two leaders underlined the need for political efforts to resolve the foreign-sponsored crisis in Syria that began in March 2011.
Putin stressed that Moscow’s stance on Syria has not changed as it remains committed to keeping up the fight against terrorism and preserving the unity of the Middle Eastern country.
Assad, for his part, appreciated Russia’s efforts to end the war in Syria despite pressures by some countries to discourage Moscow from continuing to adhere to international law and respect the sovereignty of states.
He also expressed Syria’s determination to fight terrorism and activate the political track to resolve the conflict gripping the country.
Syrian army withdraws from war-torn Aleppo
Additionally on Wednesday, the Syrian military pulled back in Aleppo in a bid to allow Takfiri militants to leave the war-stricken city through two designated corridors.
In a statement carried by state television and news agencies, Syria’s Foreign Ministry announced that the army was observing temporary ceasefires in Aleppo to ease the humanitarian situation there. “The government will use all means to stabilize the situation in Aleppo and transfer civilians without restrictions and bring in humanitarian aid,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, the Russian military, which is supporting the Syrian army in its anti-terror fight in Aleppo, said that Russian and Syrian jets were still observing a halt to airstrikes in Aleppo, which took effect on Tuesday.