Syria resisting Russia’s efforts to broker Turkey summit, sources say

[Produced with Reuters colleagues Orhan Coskun and Laila Bassam and published here on December 2, 2022]

BEIRUT/ANKARA, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Syria is resisting Russian efforts to broker a summit with Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan, three sources said on Friday, after more than a decade of bitter enmity since the outbreak of Syria’s civil war.

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Assad vows to ‘do our part’ so shaky Syria ceasefire holds | AFP

[Published here on March 1, 2016]

Beirut (AFP) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad pledged on Tuesday to do his part to guarantee the success of a shaky ceasefire that was largely holding on its fourth day.

World powers have thrown their weight behind the landmark truce as a way to bring an end to Syria’s conflict, which began in 2011 with anti-government protests.

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