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Arab League Welcomes Russia-US Statement on Syria Truce

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Foreign Minister of the Untied Arab Emirates said that League of Arab States welcomes the recent Russia-US statement on a cessation of hostilities in Syria.

Foreign Ministers vote during a UN Security Council meeting on Syria at the United Nations in New York on December 18, 2015 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) The League of Arab States welcomes the recent Russia-US statement on a cessation of hostilities in Syria, Foreign Minister of the Untied Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said Friday.

"We welcome the agreement between Russia and the United States regarding a cessation of hostilities in Syria. We believe that this is a step in the right direction, which will help move closer to a ceasefire and the end of the Syrian crisis," the minister said following talks with his Russian counterpart.

On Monday, Russia and the United States announced an agreement on the cessation of hostilities between the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad and armed opposition factions in the country. The agreement is set to come into force on February 27 at midnight Damascus time.

The UAE foreign minister is currently attending the third biannual Russian-Arab forum in Moscow. Top diplomats from the UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Egypt, as well as the secretary general of the League of Arab Nations are participating in the event.

Discussions at the forum are expected to focus on strengthening ties between Russia and Arab states, as well as addressing the issues of the Middle East and Africa, including the fight against terrorism.

The League of Arab States expects the recent Russia-US statement on truce in Syria to lead to a larger ceasefire agreement, the organization's Secretary General Nabil Elaraby said Friday.

"We welcome these agreements and expect that they will transform into a ceasefire deal, monitored by the UN," Elaraby  told reporters.

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