Russian presidident Medvedev with Syria's Assad 311 (R).
(photo credit: Khaled Al Hariri / Reuters)
Russia on Monday praised Syria's decision to let in Arab monitors, saying this could help stabilize the violence-stricken country, after Damascus made clear it agreed to the deal on the advice of its big power ally. Earlier Monday Iran also gave its support for the measure.
"We believe that the document signed in Cairo gives an opportunity to ... provide safety for the Syrian people and stabilize the situation," the Russian Foreign ministry said in a statement, according to Interfax news agency.
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Syria agreed on Monday to let Arab League observers into the country to monitor implementation of a deal it agreed last month to pull troops from protest-hit towns, free political prisoners and start talking to dissidents.
Damascus signed the deal on the counseling of Moscow, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moualem
An armed insurgency has emerged in the last two months in Syria,
alongside a peaceful protest movement that began in March inspired by
uprisings across the Arab world.
Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces, including a pro-Assad militia,
have reportedly suffered scores of casualties in the last few weeks,
especially in the northwestern province of Idlib near Turkey and in the
central region of Homs.
Russia has had strong ties with Damascus since the Soviet era. Syria has
been a major client for Russian arms sales and hosts a Russian naval
maintenance installation on its Mediterranean coast, a rare outpost
abroad for Moscow's military.
Iran welcomed as "acceptable" the Arab peace deal signed by Syria
Monday, a senior official in Tehran told Iran's Arabic-language Al Alam
"Whatever is accepted by President Assad is an acceptable act in Iran's
view," Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahi told Al Alam
The deputy Iranian foreign minister said his county believes "some
modifications could be considered in the plan ... However, many of
Iran's standpoints have been considered in the deal," he told the