Saudi hopes Russia's withdrawal accelerate political process in Syria

RIYADH, March 21 (KUNA) — The Saudi cabinet on Monday voiced hopes that the recent partial withdrawal of the Russian forces from Syria would accelerate the political process in the country.
The Cabinet considered the withdrawal a “positive step,” expressing hope it would contribute to accelerating the pace of the political process based on “Geneva 1 declaration” and compel President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime to make concessions necessary to achieve the aspired political transition in the country, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Today’s session was chaired by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh.
In the meantime, the cabinet renewed the Kingdom’s condemnation of “the ongoing violations and crimes being committed by the Syrian regime and its agents against the Syrian people, which killed about 400,000 people, and wounded up to one million, in addition to the displacement, migration and asylum of over 12 million people.
It highlighted in this context the joint statement recently delivered by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at the Human Rights Council in Geneva during the interactive dialogue with the international Commission of Inquiry on Syria.
The meeting expressed Saudi resentment and condemnation of the Syrian regime’s ongoing delay of allowing necessary medical supplies to besieged areas.
The cabinet appealed to the international community to compel the Syrian regime and its agents to comply with the current ceasefire and stop their daily violations of the truce concluded to facilitate access of humanitarian aid to the Syrian people.
Meanwhile, the Saudi cabinet expressed “strong condemnation” of the “terrorist” bombings that recently hit Turkey and Nigeria killing and wounding scores of people.
It reiterated the Kingdom’s firm position against all forms of terrorism. (end) ad.kah.msa