DAMASCUS, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem on Friday informed Moscow of a security plan regarding a ceasefire and a possible prison swap with the rebel groups, Syria's official SANA news agency reported.
Walid al-Moallem revealed the move at a press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov during his visit to the country.
He said Damascus handed over a plan of "security arrangements" to Moscow out of his nation's "trust in Russia," adding that he had urged Lavrov to start contacts with other parties in order to set a date for a ceasefire in Aleppo and a possible prisoner swap with the opposition fighters.
Observers said the revelation indicates the seriousness of the Syrian government on making the upcoming Geneva II conference successful.
Moallem also said Syria and Russia share the same perspectives on exerting all efforts to make the talks on the crisis in Syria a success.
The conference, slated for Jan. 22, aims to engage warring Syrian parties to seek a solution to the three-year-old crisis in the country.
Damascus, Moscow keen on Geneva II conference' success: Syria's FM
DAMASCUS, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Friday that Damascus and Moscow share the same perspective on exerting all efforts to make the Geneva II conference on the Syrian crisis a success, according to official SANA news agency.
"Our points of view correspond to those of the Russian side on exerting all efforts to make the Geneva II peace conference successful," al-Moallem said during a press conference held in Moscow following a tripartite meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. Full story