- Title: Syria minister says Aleppo advance is 'strategic victory'
- Date: 7th December 2016
- Summary: DAMASCUS, SYRIA (DECEMBER 7, 2016) (REUTERS) CHINESE ENVOY TO SYRIA, XIE XIAOYAN, ARRIVING AND SHAKING HANDS WITH SYRIAN MINISTER OF RECONCILIATION, ALI HAIDAR MEETING BETWEEN HAIDAR AND XIAOYAN XIAOYAN SPEAKING HAIDAR LISTENING MEETING IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN MINISTER OF RECONCILIATION, ALI HAIDAR, SAYING: "This victory in Aleppo is a qualitative and strategic victory that will transfer the direction completely in the political process from one direction to another." HAIDAR TALKING TO REPORTERS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN MINISTER OF RECONCILIATION, ALI HAIDAR, SAYING: "Those who believed in the Syrian triumph, know that (the rebels') morale is at its lowest and that these collapses that have begun are like domino tiles." VARIOUS OF HAIDAR AND XIAOYAN SHAKING HANDS HAIDAR AND XIAOYAN WALKING AWAY
- Embargoed: 22nd December 2016 16:48
- Keywords: Syria Aleppo rebels Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar Xie Xiaoyan China
- Location: DAMASCUS, SYRIA
- City: DAMASCUS, SYRIA
- Country: Syria
- Reuters ID: LVA0015BVYXC7
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- Story Text: The Syrian army's advance against rebels in Aleppo is a "strategic victory" that will alter the political process, Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar said on Wednesday (December 7).
The comments were made following a meeting with Chinese envoy to Syria, Xie Xiaoyan, in Damascus.
The post of reconciliation minister makes Haidar responsible for political efforts to resolve the war, including deals for opposition-held areas to surrender to the government while allowing rebels passage to other insurgent-held parts of Syria.
Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo called on Wednesday for an immediate five-day ceasefire and the evacuation of civilians and wounded, but gave no indication they were ready to withdraw as demanded by Damascus and Moscow.
The Syrian army and allied forces have made rapid gains against insurgents in the past two weeks and look closer than ever to restoring full control over Aleppo, Syria's most populous city before the war, and achieving their most important victory of the conflict now in its sixth year.
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