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19 September 2018 - 21:01
News ID: 9446
Asia » Asia
Publish Date: 9:43 - 07 May 2017
TEHRAN, May 7, YJC - The Syrian army forces have prepared the ground for closing off the country's border with Iraq with the help of Russia.

TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - An informed source told Younews website that the Syrian army is preparing for massive military operations to seal the country's border with Iraq.

The Syrian soldiers have also established security at the country's border with Lebanon by purging terrorists from the regions between Western al-Qalamoun and Zabadani in the Western Ghouta of Damascus.

The development came after the second day of negotiations between the Damascus government and armed opposition in the Kazakh capital, Astana, ended on Thursday.

During the talks, Iran, Russia and Turkey, as mediators and guarantors of the ceasefire regime in Syria, brokered a memorandum on the creation of four de-escalation zones in areas where the most intense fighting is taking place between Syrian government troops and different militant groups.

Iran and Russia are allies of the Syrian government, while Turkey backs different militant factions. The trio are tasked with observing the implementation of the ceasefire regime, which was agreed last December and helped launch the Astana peace process a month later.

The memorandum was adopted based on a Russian proposal to single out four hot spots in violence-hit areas of Syria, including the provinces of Idlib and Homs as well as the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus.

Under the plan, Damascus and the militant groups, which are party to the nation-wide truce, will stop all clashes and the use of any kinds of weapons in the security zones. The measure is meant to facilitate the progress of the diplomatic process as well as aid deliveries to civilians in the troubled areas.

Russian negotiator Alexander Lavrentyev said that under the plan Russia could send observers to safe zones. He said third-party monitors could be invited provided Iran and Turkey agreed.

Also, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the memorandum.

Source: Fars News Agency
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