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Iran: Ceasefire, separation of terrorist groups main pivots of Lausanne talks

Hossein Jaberi Ansari

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affair Hossein Jaberi Ansari announced that Tehran and other countries which participated in the Lausanne Saturday meeting on Syria mainly focused on ceasefire and separation of terrorists from the so-called moderate groups.

“The talks were specially focused on the recent ceasefire agreement between the US and Russia and its violation and the main elements which violated it, that is discerning the terrorist groups, specially al-Nusra (currently known as Fatah al-Sham Front) and the ISIL from other Syrian groups,” Jaberi Ansari said on Sunday after the Iran, the US, Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey held a meeting on Syria.

Noting that sending humanitarian aid to the people in Aleppo and other parts of Syria was another issue discussed in the Lausanne meeting, he said, “Less talks were held on the political aspects of the crisis in Syria and the country’s future but it was generally agreed that talks would continue among the negotiating sides as soon as possible.”

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov cautioned earlier this month that the US is not keen to fight the Al-Nusra Front terrorist group (that has recently changed name to Fatah Al-Sham Front) in Syria.

“Washington is clearly not eager to fight the Nusra Front terrorists, and is attempting to shield this al-Qaeda unit with illegal militant groups, which Washington calls ‘moderate,’ although in reality many of those groups have refused to honor Russia-US ceasefire agreements and de-facto joined the raging radicals,” Ryabkov said.

CIA Director John Brennan promised during his February visit to Moscow to facilitate the separation of Syria’s moderate opposition from the terrorists as soon as possible, but he has failed to honor his promise, Russian official added.

Syria has been mired in bloody war since March 2011, with government forces loyal to Syrian President fighting numerous terrorist groups.

By Fars News Agency

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