Merkel says Putin confirmed commitment to Syria ceasefire

March 4, 2016 14:40

PARIS - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that President Vladimir Putin confirmed Russia's commitment to a ceasefire that took hold in Syria last weekend during a phone conversation with four EU leaders.

"I would like to stress one more time that the commitment to hold the ceasefire was confirmed as a key message by the Russian president: only attacks on Daesh and al-Nusra Front," Merkel said during a news conference with French President Francois Hollande.

She was referring to US- and Russia-backed plans for a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria that excludes groups such as Islamic State and al-Qaida's al-Nusra Front.

Turning to EU talks with Turkey on Monday to discuss efforts to stem the flow of migrants reaching Europe, Merkel said: "Our efforts are not done yet ... I understand that Turkey also expects Europe to deliver."

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