Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has expressed his willingness to respect the terms of a ceasefire negotiated by the United States and Russia.The Syrian government agreed to the ceasefire deal on Tuesday, with Mr Assad describing it as an “important step towards a political resolution” in Syria.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Mr Assad have emphasised the urgency to continue action against ISIS and other terrorist groups, while Mr Putin has also discussed the ceasefire with leaders of Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia has backed Syrian opposition and rebel groups; however, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has welcomed the agreements and he is ready to work mutually with Russia.
The Syrian opposition is yet to commit to the US-Russian truce, but opposition groups have agreed to abide to the temporary ceasefire between parties if the Syrian government respects their conditions, including permission for aid to be delivered across the country.
Meanwhile, the United Nations says its first air drop has delivered 21 tonnes of relief to besieged civilians in the eastern city of Deir al-Zour, home to approximately 200,000 people.
United Nations aid chief Stephen O’Brien confirmed the successful airdrop as well as a cargo delivery on the ground by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to five other besieged areas. – Ashleigh Cant
Screenshot of Kurdish fighters in Syria from Al Jazeera.