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Syrian opposition accepts idea of two-week ceasefire

Beirut: As the US and Russia agreed on a “cessation of hostilities”. The Syria’s opposition indicated that it was ready for a two-week truce in Syria for a chance to test the seriousness of the other side’s commitment to a US-Russian plan to end fighting.

The opposition bloc said in a statement on Wednesday that. “The High Negotiations Committee believes a provisional truce for two weeks would provide a chance to determine the commitment of the other side.”

The Kremlin said in a statement that. “A phone call took place between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad,” the statement added. “In particular, [Assad] confirmed the readiness of the Syrian government to facilitate the establishment of a ceasefire.”

According to the Kremlin statement for Syria’s civil war, Assad described the ceasefire as an “important step towards a political resolution.”

However, Putin and Assad emphasised the need to continue an“uncompromised fight” against ISIL, the al-Nusra Front and other groups “which are included in the respective list of the United Nations Security Council”, the Kremlin added. Putin also discussed the ceasefire with the leaders of Iran and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

US President Barack Obama said that if some progress was made in Syria, that would lead to a political process to end the war there. “We are very cautious about raising expectations on this,” he said.