08:03 GMT09 March 2021
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    France's foreign minister called on Moscow and Washington to facilitate peace process in Syria.

    PARIS (Sputnik) — French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Monday called on Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US State Secretary John Kerry to seek implementation of the ceasefire regime in Syria by the sides to the conflict and ensure access of humanitarian aid to the population.

    "While the international community has pledged to achieve a political transition in Syria by August 1, France with a great concern has to admit that it did not produce an effect," the French Foreign Ministry said in a communique according to which Ayrault called on Kerry and Lavrov to take measures to "urgently restore the ceasefire and to ensure humanitarian access to all areas, giving priority to the besieged ones to alleviate the suffering of the Syrians and to allow the resumption of intra-Syria negotiations."

    Paris also stressed that airstrikes against the terrorist groups should not affect civilians or opposition forces.

    According to the statement, the French Foreign Ministry also called on the members of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) to help promote a political transition in Syria.

    Syria has been in the state of civil war since 2011. On February 27, a ceasefire worked out by Russia and the United States took effect in the country. Terrorist groups such as Daesh, as well as al-Nusra Front, both outlawed in Russia, are not covered by the agreement.


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