Russia and Turkey step up efforts to establish fourth de-escalation zone in Syria

Russia and Turkey step up efforts to establish fourth de-escalation zone in Syria

Russia and Turkey have agreed to step up efforts to establish the fourth de-escalation zone in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Wednesday following consultations between Russian Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal.

"The sides agreed to step up efforts to reach an agreement on the fourth zone in Idlib," the ministry said, TASS reports.

A de-escalation zone in southwestern Syria, which includes the Daraa, Quneitra and As-Suwayda Governorates, began operating on July 9 following Russian-US summit in Hamburg. The de-escalation zones in Homs and Eastern Ghouta were set up later.

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