A British Foreign Office minister is to visit Iran today and call for “urgent de-escalation in the region,” amid heightening tensions between Tehran and Washington after an American drone was shot down by Iran.
Qatar and other countries have been talking to both Iran and the United States about de-escalation, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said on Sunday, urging both sides to meet and find a compromise.
Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed to deploy observers on the edge of a de-escalation zone in northern Syria’s Idlib region, which is largely controlled by militants, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem says Damascus does not agree to any role for the United Nations or other “international forces” to monitor the implementation of a deal on four de-escalation zones in the war-torn Arab country.
Relative calm prevailed Saturday in wide parts of war-ravaged Syria despite sporadic violations and clashes after a deal to set up "de-escalation zones" in mostly militant-held areas went into effect, government media outlets and opposition said.