Syrian President, Bashar al Assad, met with visiting Russian special envoy for Syrian affairs, Alexander Lavrentiev, to discuss counter terrorism cooperation.

Both sides discussed the ongoing coordination and cooperation in fighting the terrorist groups in Syria, and ways to boost efforts to pave the way for the political track.

The meeting came at a time when Russia called for a UN Security Council meeting, to discuss the situation in Eastern Ghouta, in the east of Damascus, where fighting between government troops and rebels has escalated recently, creating a humanitarian crisis in the region.

The rebels have rained down Damascus with mortar shells, while Syrian government retaliated with intensified air strikes and shelling on the rebel held Eastern Ghouta.

Opposition activists described the situation in Eastern Ghouta as, more than catastrophic.

A day earlier, the Syria based Russian Reconciliation Centre said, the rebels in Eastern Ghouta have not responded to the calls for laying down their weapons and endorsing a ceasefire.

Russia’s Ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, told the 15 member council that, the appeals from Western powers to halt the violence in Eastern Ghouta were one sided, as they did not consider the Syrian government’s stance. “There are terrorists there, who the Syrian army is fighting, and the terrorists are shelling Damascus,” Nebenzia said.

Source: NAM News Network

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Syrian President, Bashar al Assad, met with visiting Russian special envoy for Syrian affairs, Alexander Lavrentiev, to discuss counter terrorism cooperation. Both sides discussed the ongoing coordination and cooperation in fighting the terrorist groups in Syria, and ways to boost efforts to pave the way for the political track....