RUSSIAN Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said yesterday that Saudi Arabia backs a ceasefire by the jihadist groups it funds in Syria.
Speaking in Syria’s southern neighbour Jordan after talks with Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Mr Lavrov said that Riyadh supported the “deescalation zones” agreed at a series of peace talks in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.
He told reporters: “I think Saudi Arabia is determined to solve the Syria crisis.”
The truce zones in the densely populated west of Syria are guaranteed by Syria’s allies Russia and Iran, as well as Turkey, which has backed Syrian insurgents.
Late on Sunday the Syrian army drove Isis fighters from Mount Thardeh, overlooking the airport in Deir Ezzor.