“We have already withdrawn some military forces from several Syrian provinces,” said Walid al-Moualem, following a meeting with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.
He also demanded a guarantee from UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan that opposition forces would stand down and that a deployment of international monitors would coincide with the ceasefire.
Lavrov for his part said that he was convinced of the Syrian leadership’s commitment to the UN-brokered peace plan.
President Assad has until midnight Syrian time (21:00 GMT) to implement a full troop withdrawal. This will pave the way for Thursday’s planned ceasefire.