Russia, Syrian opposition agree on safe zone mechanism in Damascus suburb of Ghouta

Russia, Syrian opposition agree on safe zone mechanism in Damascus suburb of Ghouta

Russia's defense ministry said Saturday that its officials had signed a deal with moderate Syrian opposition at peace talks in Cairo on how a safe zone near Damascus will function, Daily Sabah reports.

"As a result of talks held in Cairo between Russian defense ministry officials and moderate Syrian opposition brokered by the Egyptian side... agreements have been signed on how the Eastern Ghouta de-escalation zone will function," the defense ministry said in a statement sent to AFP.

The opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta is in one of four proposed "de-escalation zones" designated in an agreement reached by regime allies Iran and Russia and opposition backer Turkey in May.

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