Hezbollah vows to stay in Syria amidst Russia-Turkey deal on Idlib

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-20 04:20:46|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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BEIRUT, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah Wednesday praised the agreement signed between Russia and Turkey to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Syria's Idlib province, but said Hezbollah will stay in Syria until further notice.

"We can assume, following this deal, that Syria is going to a calm phase but we will be staying in the country based on an agreement with the Syrian government," he said in a televised speech on the eve of Ashura Day.

Russia and Turkey have agreed to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Syria's Idlib province to separate government forces from rebel fighters based there.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said it would be 15 km to 25 km wide and would come into force by Oct. 15.

On another front, Nasrallah called on all Lebanese political parties to remain calm while resorting to communication in a bid to reach a consensus with regard to cabinet formation in Lebanon.

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has been facing various hurdles in his attempt to form a 30-member national unity government, due to the rift among rival politicians over the representation of the main Christian parties, as well as the Druze sect.

"The government will be formed sooner or later with a consensus by all political parties. So why are we still wasting our time?" he asked.

Nasrallah also reiterated his party's commitment to fighting against corruption.

"We want to renew our commitment to our electoral program with regard to fighting corruption," he said while citing a few laws that Hezbollah is planning to refer to the parliament for approval on the fight against corruption.