Latest News Wires Syrian government agrees to Russian peace talks

A Syrian official was quoted saying the government was ready for preliminary peace talks, set to be hosted by Russia next month. It is unclear whether any of the country's opposition groups are willing to attend the talks.

By , Associated Press

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Syrian state-run TV said Saturday that the government is prepared to take part in peace talks hosted by Russia next month, but the unnamed foreign ministry official it cited suggested the scope of the negotiations would be limited to "preliminary" talks meant to pave the way for a conference held in Syria itself.