Syria ready for prisoner swap with rebels: FM Muallem

Syria's foreign minister said on Friday that Damascus is prepared to exchange prisoners with the rebel camp and would take swift steps towards doing so.

"I informed (Russian Foreign Minister Sergei) Lavrov of our principled position in favour of an agreement to exchange those held in Syrian prisons for those taken by the other side," Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said following talks with his Russian counterpart.

"We are ready to exchange lists and develop the necessary mechanism for accomplishing these goals."