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US Proposes to Russia to Hold Talks on Future of Deir ez-Zor

© REUTERS / Khalil Ashawi/File PhotoA view shows damaged buildings in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria February 19, 2014
A view shows damaged buildings in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria February 19, 2014 - Sputnik International
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According to a military diplomatic source, representatives of Russia and the United States could hold a meeting this week on the US initiative on the situation in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) Representatives of Russia and the United States could hold a meeting this week on the US initiative to handle the situation in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor to discuss the areas of responsibility of the sides and coordinate the fight against the Daesh terrorist group (ISIS), a military diplomatic source told Sputnik.

"They [the US] said that we should meet this week, agree [on issues] including on Deir ez-Zor … We speak of determining areas of responsibility," the source said.

According to the source, the Russian side presented its preliminary proposals on the issue.

"We sent them a map with a line [of demarcation]," the source said.

Syrian government forces celebrate in the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor on September 11, 2017 as they continue to press forward with Russian air cover in the offensive against Islamic State group jihadists across the province - Sputnik International
Syrian Army Defeats Daesh in Southeast Deir Ez-Zor Districts, Reaches Euphrates
The successful Deir ez-Zor operation was the biggest breakthrough against Daesh since the terrorist group first launched an offensive in the province.

The terrorists had been blockading Deir ez-Zor since 2014, with food and other supplies only being airlifted into the city. Daesh also took control over a large swath of the province of Deir ez-Zor and cut off roads to government-held districts.

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