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Saudi Arabia hails Russia's partial withdrawal from Syria

Government says move is a 'positive step' towards finding a political solution in Syria

Saudi Arabia hails Russia's partial withdrawal from Syria

Saudi Arabia on Monday hailed Russia's partial withdrawal from Syria as a "positive step" towards a political solution there, the government said in a statement after its weekly meeting in Riyadh.

The statement, carried by state news agency SPA, also said that the government hoped that the Russian move would help speed up peace talks and force President Bashar al-Assad's government to "make the necessary concessions to achieve a political transition that everybody seeks in Syria".

Saudi Arabia is a leading supporter of the rebels fighting Assad and was aghast at Russia's intervention in support of the Syrian president last year that helped to turn the war in his favour.

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