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Assad Regime Seeks Reconciliation Deal in Eastern Qalamoun

The Syrian army disrupted earlier efforts by Russia to impose its own de-escalation agreement on the area
Assad Regime Seeks Reconciliation Deal in Eastern Qalamoun

Syrian regime officials on Wednesday met with the negotiations committee of Al-Ruhaiba, seeking to reach a reconciliation deal ending the armed presence in the key town in Eastern Qalamoun region, sources told Zaman al-Wasl.

A military source told Zaman al-Wasl that the meeting took place in the capital, Damascus.

The step comes as the Assad regime army and key ally Russia declare victory over the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.

Negotiators from the rebel-held towns of Jeroud and Al-Ruhaiba reached in July an incomplete agreement with the Assad regime in the presence of Russian observers. The agreement stipulated a mutual cease-fire in both cities, as well as other neighboring towns, for a trial period of two months, renewable.

In August, the Syrian army disrupted Russia’s efforts to sign a de-escalation agreement in Eastern Qalamoun area by preventing its delegation from entering the rebel-held region.

Rebels accused the regime of undermining the deal over its own efforts to reach reconciliation agreement, which would remove the local opposition from power.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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