ERBIL — The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with his Saudi Arabian counterpart, Adel Jubeir, on Sunday to discuss the ongoing Syrian crisis and the need of establishing more safe zones in the country.
The two officials agreed that the so-called de-escalation zones contribute to the peace efforts in the country, according to a statement by Lavrov made after the meeting. The Russian FM also pointed out that these de-escalation zones are an important step towards a solution to the armed conflict, as they help cement the ceasefire regime, while finding more sufficient ways to deal with the humanitarian problems of the Syrian civilians.
He added that the safe zones are temporarily established for the period of six months, and none of the countries, who have agreed to create them have the intention to maintain them forever, Sputnik reported.
In addition, Lavrov noted that Russia was actively supporting the efforts of Saudi Arabia to bring together different Syrian opposition groups to take part in the peace talks, and that the international community should urge the Syrian opposition to create a single delegation of representatives to participate in the peace process.
The currently existing safe zones were created with the help of Russia, Turkey and Iran and are located in southern Syria, Eastern Ghouta and Homs Province, whereas talks are underway at the moment for the creation of a fourth save zone in Idlib Province.