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    The withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria is a positive step that should solidify the ongoing peace negotiations in Geneva, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said in a release on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the pullout of the main contingent of Russian forces from Syria, stating they had accomplished their anti-terrorism mission.

    Russian Aerospace Forces Commander Col. General Viktor Bondarev said the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria will be completed within two to three days.

    “He [OIC’s Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani] deemed the Russian decision a positive development that would solidify the Geneva peace talks, under the auspices of the United Nations, toward a political solution to the Syrian crisis and ending the plight of the Syrian people,” the release stated.

    Russia had conducted an aerial campaign against terrorists in Syria since September 30, 2015 at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    The OIC supports the UN efforts to advance the ongoing Syrian peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland, the OIC said in a release on Thursday.

    “The [OIC] Secretary General [Iyad Ameen Madani] reiterated the OIC’s support to the efforts of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura, to make progress in the new round of negotiations between the delegations of the Syrian government and the opposition,” the release stated.

    The Syrian reconciliation negotiations restarted in Geneva on March 14, and are expected to last until March 24.

    OIC noted that Madani underscored the organization’s firm position to find a political solution in implementation of the Geneva I Communique of 2012.

    “He [Madani] called on all parties to the conflict to fully comply with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2254 and 2268 of 18 December 2015 and 26 February 2016, respectively.”


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