Tide of Syria battle handing over favor of Damascus, Moscow: Assad

The handout picture released by Syria's official SANA news agency on January 9, 2017 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad giving a statement to the French media, in Damascus, Syria.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the tide of occasions within the Arab nation is altering in favor of Damascus and Moscow, that are each engaged in a battle in opposition to foreign-backed terrorists.

“Occasions are shifting shortly within the course which we and also you want,” Assad mentioned in a gathering with Russian lawmakers in Damascus on Wednesday.

He additional appreciated Russia’s navy assist for Damascus in its anti-terror struggle and the sacrifices made by the Russian forces within the Syrian territory.

“After all, navy assist is essential. However even one drop of blood of the Russian troopers who died in our nation is extra necessary for us than any navy assist,” President Assad mentioned.

Moscow launched its marketing campaign in opposition to Daesh and different terror outfits in Syria at Damascus’ request in September 2015. The air cowl has helped Syrian forces conduct profitable counterterrorism operations.

Syrian military troops and allied fighters have just lately made sweeping positive factors in opposition to Takfiri components, who’ve been wreaking havoc within the Center Jap state since 2011.

Following Wednesday’s assembly, Dmitry Sablin, a member of the protection committee of Russia’s State Duma, the decrease home of the nation’s parliament, mentioned the Syrian chief had expressed Damascus’ readiness to carry direct talks with representatives of all opposition teams, together with the armed ones.

In the meantime, referring to final month’s Syrian peace talks within the Kazakh capital Astana, Russian lawmaker Sergey Gavrilov famous that President Assad had expressed optimism that the negotiations within the Astana format could be more practical than the deliberate Geneva format.

“He (Assad) believes that the resumption of talks in Astana… might be extra productive not just for the enlargement of the native truce, but additionally for mechanisms of disarmament and political reconciliation by humanitarian mechanisms than the present Geneva format,” he mentioned.

The Kazakh capital hosted two days of talks between Damascus and opposition teams, with Iran, Russia and Turkey attending the occasion as mediators. The trio agreed on the institution of a mechanism to assist the Syria-wide truce that has been in place since December 30.

Syria’s warring sides are anticipated to renew their discussions within the Swiss metropolis of Geneva on February 20.

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