DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — The phone conference that was organized by the Russian Defense Ministry's center for reconciliation was praised by Daraa Governor Khalid Hanus.
"Influential people, who play an important role for the militants and have influence on them have participated in the conference. We all want… peace in Syria, so that all people could live as hey used to thanks Syria's ally Russia," Hanus told reporters.
The zones were established for six months with the option of extending them automatically for another six months. They are designed to facilitate the peace process in Syria. The country has been in a brutal war since 2011, with the government forces fighting against both Syrian opposition groups who tried to overthrow President Bashar Assad, and numerous extremist and terrorist groups such as Daesh.