According to the Foreign Ministry, Muallem stressed that the settlement plan for Syria must include the withdrawal of illegal foreign troops from the country.
"Muallem expressed Syria’s readiness to cooperate with Pedersen for his successful mission in ensuring an intra-Syrian dialogue to reach a political settlement that in the interests of Syria, among other things, would lead to the defeat of terrorism and the end of the illegal foreign presence in Syria", the ministerial statement read.
However, their presence in the country has not been authorised by the government or the UN Security Council.
Damascus has repeatedly protested against the US operations in the country, as well as the military activity of Turkey, Israel, and other states.
* Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/IS/Islamic State) is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia