Monday 23 October 2017

Syrian government and opposition agree deal to allow humanitarian aid into Homs

Ahmad al-Jarba, leader of Syria's main political opposition group
Ahmad al-Jarba, leader of Syria's main political opposition group

The Syrian government and opposition have agreed to discuss over the next two days a possible deal to provide humanitarian access to the besieged city of Homs as part of confidence building measures, diplomatic sources said on Friday.

"They agreed to work for the next 48 hours on providing humanitarian access to Homs," one of the sources said, referring to the city where rebels are surrounded in central districts by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

"The practical aspects have been worked on, things are ready and if the government doesn't put a block on it then it could happen quickly."

The two parties are set to begin formal talks with international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi on Saturday.

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