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G7 Urges Russia, Iran to Ensure Syria Truce

G7 Urges Russia, Iran to Ensure Syria TruceG7 Urges Russia, Iran to Ensure Syria Truce

The leaders of G7 industrial countries called on Russia and Iran to exert their influence on Damascus to ensure implementation of the Syrian ceasefire, the joint communiqué of G7 meeting in Italy’s Taormina on Saturday read, according to Sputnik.

The statement said, “Those with influence over the Syrian regime, in particular Russia and Iran, must do their utmost to use that influence to stop this tragedy, beginning with the enforcement of a real ceasefire, stopping the [alleged] use of chemical weapons, ensuring safe, immediate and unhindered humanitarian access to all people in need, and releasing any arbitrarily detained persons, as well as allowing free access to its prisons.”

“To this end, we hope that the Astana agreement [on the establishment of safe zones] can contribute effectively to de-escalating violence,” it added.

Tehran and Moscow, along with Ankara, are the main sponsors of Syria peace talks in the Kazakh capital, which are focused on securing a lasting truce in the war-ravage Arab country to pave the way for a political solution to the bloody  civil strife.

 

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