Spokesman: Iran Welcomes Ceasefire in Syria


Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi underlined that Tehran has always welcomed efforts aimed at reaching a ceasefire in Syria.

Qassemi’s remarks came in reaction to a recent agreement reached between the US and Russia on establishing ceasefire in Syria.

“Iran has always welcomed ceasefire in Syria and easing the access of the Syrian people to humanitarian aids,” the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said.

He said that as the Syrian government has reiterated on different occasions lack of the needed guarantees for the terrorists groups’ commitment to ceasefire has caused failure the previous efforts aimed at reaching a ceasefire.

“Therefore, the continuation and stability of the ceasefire depends on the establishment of all-inclusive monitoring mechanisms, specially border control to prevent the dispatch of weapons and reinforcements for the terrorist groups,” Qassemi added.

Syria’s government approved a ceasefire deal brokered by Russia and the United States, saying the truce will also include Aleppo for humanitarian reasons.

The Syrian government has approved the agreement, and a cessation of hostilities will begin in Aleppo for humanitarian reasons.

“One of the accord’s goals was reaching the necessary political solutions for Syria,” the Syrian government said.

The deal agreed by Moscow and Washington calls for a halt to fighting across the country and increased humanitarian aid for the battered city of Aleppo.

Specifically, the deal calls for a “demilitarized zone” around the Castello Road leading into Aleppo so that desperately needed assistance can get into the city.

If a cessation of hostilities holds for one week, the US and Russia, which back opposing sides in the war, could start joint operations against militant groups.

“The entire agreement was reached with the knowledge of the Syrian government,” it said.

The new ceasefire agreement aimed at reducing violence in Syria, which includes a new nationwide ceasefire starting on September 12. The agreement also stipulates distinguishing moderate opposition groups from terrorist groups, which is something Russia has been insisting on as being key to the fight against terrorism.

The United States have reportedly urged foreign-backed militant groups to adhere to the new Russian-US agreement and threatened grave consequences unless opposition groups distance themselves from terrorists.

Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting numerous militant factions and extremist groups, such as Fatah al Sham Front (formerly known as al-Nusra Front) and ISIL. Both groups are outlawed in many countries and are not covered by the ceasefire agreement.