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    High Negotiations Committee (HNC) (Syrian opposition body) supporters hold a Syrian flag during a press conference on Syrian peace talks at the Place des Nations outside of the United Nations Offices on February 2, 2016 in Geneva.

    Saudi-Backed Syrian Opposition Welcomes Russian Withdrawal From Syria

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    The representatives of the Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee (HNC) welcomed the start of the Russian military withdrawal from Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Swiss city of Geneva is currently hosting peace talks between the Syrian opposition and the government's delegation aimed at putting an end to the deadly civil war in the country.

    Two opposition delegations are taking part in the negotiations. The HNC was created in Saudi Arabia in December and includes representatives of some groups considered to be terrorist organizations by Syria and Russia. The second delegation was created following talks in Moscow and Cairo.

    "They called me a few days ago after our decision to withdraw the main part of the Russian air group from Syria. They welcomed our decision, said that it was a wise move, correct," he told RIA Novosti.

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