Assad, de Mistura Discuss Plans to Freeze Aleppo Fighting

President Assad affirms commitment to supporting any initiative that helps resolve the Syrian crisis in visit by UN Special Envoy

President Bashar al-Assad received UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, along with his accompanying delegation on Wednesday.


During the meeting, the two sides discussed the new details in de Mistura’s plan on freezing fighting in Aleppo.


President Assad reiterated Syria’s commitment to supporting any initiative or idea that helps to resolve the crisis and to preserve the lives of citizens and state establishments.


The president also stressed the need to pressure all states to implement Security Council resolutions nos. 2170 and 2178 on stopping the funding of terrorists and their flow into Syria.


De Mistura voiced hope that all sides would cooperate and support suggestions on restoring security to Aleppo, as a starting point to restoring security and stability to the entirety of Syria.


The meeting was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Walid al-Muallem, Presidential Political and Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Faisal Mikdad, and Advisor to the Foreign Minister Ahmad Arnous.


De Mistura spoke in a brief statement to journalists before leaving Damascus that he held extensive talks with President Assad during the two-day visit, and that his mission is currently focusing on facilitating the political process to reach a political solution for the crisis in Syria.


The UN envoy said he discussed his suggestion on freezing fighting in Aleppo, but that he could not offer any further details on the discussions.


De Mistura said he is currently working towards reducing the violence affecting the Syrian people, while working to deliver humanitarian aid in a controlled manner and at an increasing rate, adding that he will submit a report to the UN Secretary-General and participate in a Security Council meeting on Syria on February 17. No further details were given.


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