The Latest: Turkish FM says Syria political solution ‘close’

BEIRUT — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

1: 45 p.m.

Turkish media reports are quoting Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying a lasting cease-fire and political solution in Syria are “close.”

His comments to a small group of journalists on Wednesday, and reported by state television and other media, come hours after the state-run news agency said Russia and Turkey had reached an agreement for a cease-fire plan comprising the whole of Syria.

Cavusoglu said terror organizations would be kept out of the cease-fire agreement, CNN Turk television reported. He said that Turkey’s offensive against the Islamic State group and Syrian Kurdish forces in northern Syria would continue.

Sabah newspaper also quoted the Turkish minister as saying the cease-fire could come into effect “at any moment.”


1:30 p.m.

Syrian opposition factions say they are withholding judgment on a Russian-Turkish brokered cease-fire until they receive details about its terms.

An official with one of the country’s rebel factions told The Associated Press the proposed agreement would cover all of Syria. Rebels have spoken up in the past against proposals that would allow the government to continue its offensives around the outskirts of the capital, Damascus.

The proposal was first reported by Turkish state media on Wednesday. There has been no official comment from Turkish or Russian officials.

The official said intense discussions were underway between the

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