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    Pompeo, Lavrov Discuss US Concerns About Possible Military Activity in Idlib

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addressed over the telephone on Thursday Washington’s serous concerns about a possible military activity in the Syrian city of Idlib, Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters.

    "The Secretary discussed the ongoing challenges in Syria and the United States’ serious concerns related to possible military activity in Idlib," Nauert said. "He asked Foreign Minister Lavrov to support efforts in the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, as well as efforts to hold the Syrian regime accountable for its use of chemical weapons."

    The Idlib province is a part of the northern de-escalation zone created under the Astana reconciliation process. Most of the province is currently occupied by militant groups, including al-Nusra Front terror group*.

    Previously, the head of the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, said that the militants operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone continued shelling settlements in Syria.

    READ MORE: China Willing to Assist Syrian Army in Idlib Offensive – Ambassador to Syria

    Earlier, Syrian President Bashar Assad said that the liberation of Idlib was among the priorities for the Syrian military's operations.

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