Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed on Friday have agreed on all four safe zones in Syria, including on the Idlib de-escalation area.
It said representatives from the three countries, who met in the Kazakha capital, Astana, were still discussing what forces to deploy in Idlib, which is under the control of a foreign-backed militant alliance spearheaded by the former al Qaeda offshoot Nusra Front, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
“Delegations from Turkey, Russia and Iran determined the borders of a fourth de-escalation zone that will be established in Idlib province in talks yesterday and today,” Anadolu said, citing sources attending the meetings in Astana.
Sputnik meanwhile reported the agreement, citing a source in one of the delegations.
“They have worked out a joint statement and all four related documents,” the source said.
Russian and Iranian forces will reportedly monitor areas controlled by the government in the Idlib safe zone, while the Turkish forces will be involved in monitoring the foreign-backed opposition there, according to Sputnik.
So far zones of de-escalation have been established in the south along the border with Jordan, in eastern Ghouta and to the north of Homs. Negotiations on the fourth de-escalation zone in the Idlib province were held since summer. It was the main issue of the Astana-6 talks in the Kazakhstan capital, which end on Friday.