Syria’s Assad says he is ready for truce if ‘terrorists’ do not exploit it

BEIRUT/MADRID – Syrian President Bashar Assad said on Saturday he was ready for a ceasefire, on condition “terrorists” did not use a lull in fighting to their advantage and that countries backing insurgents halted support for them.

His comments were made as the Syrian opposition said it had agreed to the “possibility” of a temporary truce, provided there were guarantees

Damascus’s allies including Russia would cease fire, sieges were lifted and aid deliveries were allowed country-wide. “We have said that we are ready to stop military operations, but the issue relates to more important factors … such as preventing terrorists from using it to improve their positions,” Assad told Spanish newspaper El Pais in an interview. He also said any truce must ensure that “other countries, especially Turkey, are prevented from sending more terrorists and weapons, or any kind of logistical support”.



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