Russian diplomats discuss Idlib with Syrian leader

MOSCOW, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad have discussed with a visiting Russian delegation de-escalation efforts in Syria’s northern Idlib region.

The two sides discussed resuming the formation of Syria’s constitutional committee, described as a crucial step towards ushering forward a Syrian-led reconciliation process, backed by the United Nations.

This process should based on the Syrian National Dialogue talks, hosted by Russia early last year, and UN Security Council resolution 2254, which calls for a ceasefire and a political settlement, read a Russian foreign ministry statement.

Russia’s delegation consisted of Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin.

They also discussed reconstruction efforts, the return home of displaced Syrians and maintaining Middle East security.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is expected to meet his Turkish and Iranian counterparts in Ankara to discuss the situation in war-torn Syria on Monday.

Source: Kuwait News Agency