AID lorries entered the insurgent-occupied Damascus suburbs of East Ghouta yesterday following a ceasefire before today’s talks in Geneva.
Nine lorries carrying food and medicine from the UN and Syrian Red Crescent entered areas controlled by the Army of Islam, part of the Saudi-backed delegation at the talks.
UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said that Russia had informed him that the Syrian government had agreed to a ceasefire after weeks of fighting, during which extremists tried to lay siege to an army post there.
“Now we need to see whether it is a safe place, but it is not coincidental that it has actually been proposed and agreed upon just the day of the beginning of this session,” he said.
British Middle East Minister Alastair Burt and his US counterpart David Satterfield met opposition delegation leader Nasr Hariri, giving him their support.
Senior Syrian Democratic Council official Ilham Ahmed urged the US not to “turn its back” on the Kurdish YPG militia after US President Donald Trump pledged to halt arms to the group.