Macron, Merkel to discuss Syria truce with Putin - Pakistan News Digest

Macron, Merkel to discuss Syria truce with Putin

Paris French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks Sunday with Russia's Vladimir Putin over implementing a UN ceasefire in Syria, France's presidency said, as new airstrikes pounded an opposition-held area.

The discussion, which was announced after the UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously demanded a 30-day truce, will center on the "implementation of this resolution and on the political roadmap needed to achieve lasting peace in Syria", it said.

More than 500 civilians are thought to have died in a week of heavy bombardment by Syria's regime of the enclave of Eastern Ghouta, near the capital Damascus, AFP reported.

After the 15-member council vote, which had support from Moscow, Syrian warplanes backed by Russian air power launched new raids on Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights � a UK-based monitoring group � said, adding that at least 41 civilians were killed in Saturday's strikes, including eight children.

France and Germany have pushed for Russian support for the Syria ceasefire, which is mainly to allow aid to reach the besieged area and allow evacuations.

In its statement, France's presidency said the ceasefire was "an essential first step", adding that it would be "extremely vigilant" over its implementation.

Source: International Islamic News Agency


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