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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Putin and Rouhani Discuss Syria on Phone, war on UN Recognized terrorist groups will continue.

Putin and Rouhani Discuss Syria on Phone, war on UN Recognized terrorist groups will continue. (Fars).

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a phone conversation on Wednesday conferred on the latest developments in Syria, including the ceasefire agreement, an aide said.

"They discussed the trend of the negotiations as well as the existing deficiencies and ambiguities in the ceasefire agreement," Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Presidential Office for Political Affairs Hamid Aboutalebi wrote on his tweeter page today.

"During the conversation, the two sides underlined the need for the practice of full control over the Syrian borders to prevent the re-arming of terrorists or dispatch of financial and logistical aid to them," he added.

According to Aboutalebi, the two presidents also discussed the need for ending the the conflict, establishment of a ceasefire, start of humanitarian aid, and continued consultations and coordination between Tehran and Moscow in their ongoing war on terror in Syria.

His remarks came after Kremlin's statement on the phone conversation earlier today.

President Putin on Wednesday discussed a US-Russian ceasefire plan for Syria with President Rouhani, agreeing to work jointly for a peaceful settlement of the Syria crisis, the Kremlin said.

The two leaders agreed in a telephone conversation on the need to continue the decisive fight against the ISIL, the Nusra Front and other terrorist organizations included in the United Nations Security Council sanctions list, the statement added.

The Syrian government on Tuesday accepted the terms of the ceasefire deal as announced by the US and Russia, but the Damascus government wants the war against the ISIL to continue as planned.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Wednesday that Tehran is confident that the Syrian government will not violate the ceasefire agreement which is due to start on February 26 at midnight Damascus time.

"As per a statement by Damascus, we are certain about the Syrian government's commitment to the ceasefire deal. However, it is not clear whether the armed groups affiliated to the known terrorist streams will remain committed too, as they have vested interests in the ongoing chaos," Amir Abdollahian said.

He said Tehran will continue to be part of the ongoing campaign against terrorism, establish sustainable ceasefire, render humanitarian aid, and facilitate talks among the Syrian groups under the UN supervision.

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