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    Daesh, al-Nusra Front Not Included in Syrian Ceasefire Deal - Ambassador

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    Daesh and al-Nusra Front are internationally recognized terrorist organizations and Damascus will not allow them to participate in the cessation of hostilities in Syria, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced an agreement on cessation of hostilities between the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad and the armed opposition factions had been reached. The agreement will come into force on February 27.

    Military action, including airstrikes conducted by Syria, Russia and the US-led coalition will continue against Daesh, al-Nusra Front, as well as other UN-designated terrorist groups.

    “Daesh and al-Nusra Front are recognized by the international community as terrorist organizations, therefore we cannot allow them to observe the ceasefire in Syria,” Haddad told journalists when asked if the positions of these two terrorist organizations would be bombed if they joined the ceasefire.

    The Syrian government is ready to take part in the negotiations with the country's opposition as soon as UN-brokered Syrian peace talks resume, Haddad said.

    "The government is ready to participate in any intra-Syrian dialogue… There are two separate tracks here. The first one is a continuation of the fight against terrorism, and the second one is the search for a political solution to the issue. We will work on both tracks," Haddad told reporters.

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