Switzerland: Syrian opposition spokesperson welcomes Russian military withdrawal

High Negotiations Committee (HNC) and Syrian opposition coalition spokesperson Salem al-Meslet commented on Russia's decision to withdraw most of its military from Syria during a press briefing in Geneva, Tuesday.
"We would love to see this decision being implemented practically on the ground. We hope to have good relationship with the Russian people as it was before," al-Meslet stated, before adding: "But what Russia did earlier - the intervention - cannot be accepted. And we hope that they took this right decision seriously to fix the mistakes in Syria."
Speaking alongside al-Meslet, Secretary-General of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria Dr. Abd Al Hakim Bashar confirmed that he was attending the talks to represent the “Kurdish National Council in the Supreme Commission for negotiations.” The presence of Bashar contravenes Turkey’s opposition to Kurdish involvement in the Syrian peace process.
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to begin the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria starting from Tuesday. Moscow will keep its Hmeymim airbase in Latakia province in order to control the observation of ceasefire agreements in the region.
The Russian Air Force began its operations in Syria on September 30, 2015, after receiving an official request for assistance from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russian jets have been launching air strikes on strategic and economic targets of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and other terrorist targets in Syria.

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