Fight Against Terror in Syria Almost Over: Lavrov

MOSCOW- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stressed that the fight against terrorism in Syria is almost over.

"The political process is becoming more and more important, as far as the Syrian crisis is concerned, because the fight against terrorism on the Syrian territory is nearing its completion," said Lavrov, Sputnik reported.

He echoed the statement previously made by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu who said that the country's military operation in Syria is nearing its end. According to the Russian Defense Ministry's data, over 90 percent of the Arab Republic's territory has been freed from terrorists.

 Russian Military, US Coalition Set Up Communication Channels in Syria

The Russian foreign policy chief stressed that while Russia has been conducting its military operation in Syria since September 2015 at the request of the legitimate Syrian authorities, the US-led coalition of over 70 nations has launched its strikes in the country since 2014 without either Damascus' consent or a UN mandate.

The Russian Aerospace Forces and the US-led international coalition have established communication channels over Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

"Of course, given that we are working with the United States in a sufficiently close contact on the ground [in Syria], where channels of communication have been established between the representatives of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the US-led coalition, we are discussing these issues," Lavrov said at a press conference with his Mauritanian counterpart.

Syrian National Dialogue Congress in the near future

The Russian top diplomat pointed out that the key mission of the forthcoming Syrian National Dialogue Congress is to provide suitable environment for inclusive dialogue in Syria in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2254 and to reach an agreement accepted by all parties.

He noted that the conference will be launched in the near future.

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