Syrian president calls for progress in stalled talks on Idlib buffer zone
Tehran (KNA) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called for progress in stalled talks on a so-called buffer zone around militant-held Idlib province in the country’s northwest.
Assad made the remarks in a meeting with the Russian president’s special envoy Alexander Lavrentiev in Damascus.
The Syrian president also stressed his government’s determination to eliminate terrorist groups which are holed up in Idlib and attack civilians in neighboring areas.
He also called for the removal of any "obstacles" blocking the full implementation of the deal, the presidency wrote on Facebook.
Turkey and Russia brokered a deal in September 2018 to create a demilitarized zone in Idlib that would be evacuated of all heavy weapons and militants.