Iranian and Russian foreign ministers welcomed comprehensive ceasefire in Syria.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a phone call with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad-Javad Zarif discussed the latest Syrian developments.
The two sides welcomed comprehensive ceasefire across Syria and stressed continuous battle against terrorism, the ISIL and al-Nusra terrorist groups and their allies.
Zarif and Lavrov agreed to continue consultation and coordination in line with three-lateral cooperation of Iran-Russia and Turkey for holding talks between Syrian government and opposition in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The Syrian military announced a nationwide halt to fighting starting at midnight, in a move that could promote the diplomatic efforts aimed at ending years of Takfiri violence in the Arab state.
In a statement carried by Syrian state news agency SANA, the Syrian army said the ceasefire, which will come into effect at 0000 GMT on December 30, does not include the Takfiri Daesh and Fateh al-Sham terror groups as well as their affiliates.
"The Army and the Armed Forces General Command on Thursday declared a comprehensive cessation of hostilities across all the territories of the Syrian Arab Republic starting at 00:00 on 30/12/2016 in the wake of the victories and advances achieved by the Syrian armed forces on more than a front,” read the statement.
"The ceasefire comes with the aim of creating suitable circumstances for supporting the political track of the crisis in Syria,” it added.