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Zarif Hails Syria Truce as ’Major Achievement’

Zarif Hails Syria Truce as ’Major Achievement’
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Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Friday welcomed a nationwide truce in Syria as a "major achievement" that could lead to renewed peace talks.

Zarif Hails Syria Truce as ’Major Achievement’

On the deal brokered by Russia and Turkey -- potentially a significant breakthrough in the nearly six-year conflict -- Zarif said: "Ceasefire in Syria is a major achievement."

"Let's build on it by tackling the roots of extremist terror," he posted on Twitter.

Zarif spoke by telephone Thursday with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the latest developments in Syria, where Iran has offered considerable military, financial and diplomatic aid to defend President Bashar Assad.

"Both sides welcomed the nationwide ceasefire and emphasized the fight against terrorism, Daesh [ISIS/ISIL] and Al-Nusra groups and their allies," the official IRNA news agency said.

Both ministers agreed to "continue consultation and coordination within the framework of the tripartite agreement among Turkey, Iran and Russia to hold talks between the Syrian government and ‘rebels'" in Kazakhstan, it added.

Turkey and Russia are pushing for talks between the regime and militants in Astana to begin next month.

The ceasefire, announced Thursday by Russian President Vladimir Putin and confirmed by the Syrian army and opposition, does not include designated "terrorists" such as Daesh.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team