Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu met with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Monday.

They discussed issues related to the implementation of a sustainable cease-fire in the Idlib de-escalation zone, Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement following the meeting.

“At the talks, issues of ensuring a stable cessation of hostilities in the Idlib de-escalation zone, stabilizing the situation in other parts of Syria, as well as various aspects of military-technical cooperation in the joint fight against international terrorist groups were discussed,” it said.

The economic restoration of Syria and humanitarian aid to the country were also on the

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