Russia, Egypt call for complying with Syria truce at least during Ramadan

Sergei Lavrov discuss Syrian crisis with Sameh Shoukr by phone

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has spoken with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry over the phone.

"The ministers made a joint appeal for compliance with the Syria truce regime at least during the Month of Ramadan," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a report posted on its website on June 7.

"Of course, the ceasefire does not apply to combat operations against ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra (terrorist groups banned in Russia) and affiliated extremists, as these are combat operations which must be uncompromising," the ministry said.

"Moscow and Cairo believe that a lasting truce will improve the efficiency of humanitarian supplies and will promote negotiations between the government and the opposition, which should be inclusive," the report said.

"The ministers also discussed the state of affairs in the Middle East settlement process and backed the statement of Egyptian President Fattah el-Sisi on the need for negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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