Iran welcomes Syria’s Eid al-Adha truce
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has welcomed the Syrian government's declaration of a nationwide truce for the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice), PressTV reported.
In a telephone conversation with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem on Thursday night, the Iranian foreign minister also expressed hope that insurgents fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad observe the ceasefire "to pave the way for the establishment of peace in the country."
Moallem, for his part, thanked Iran for its sincere efforts to restore peace in the crisis-hit country.
Earlier in the day, the Syrian General Command of Army declared that the truce would start on Friday extending over the four-day-long holidays.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence, while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed insurgents are foreign nationals mostly coming from Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan.