Assad above all responsible for ceasefire in Syria, Merkel says
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the donors Conference for Syria in London - REUTERS

LONDON: All interested parties have a responsibility for agreeing a ceasefire in Syria, but the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is responsible above all, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

Earlier, Merkel said at the start of a donor conference in London that Germany has pledged to give 2.3 billion euros ($2.57 billion) in aid to Syria by 2018, including 1.1 billion euros this year.

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