JRL NEWSWATCH: “Top U.S. and Russian Diplomats Discussed Ways to End Syria War” – AP

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“Top U.S. and Russian diplomats discussed step-by-step implementation of a 2012 roadmap to U.N.-supervised elections in Syria that could allow a Syrian government ‘to move back into the international community’ … [Ambassador James Jeffrey] said … indicat[ing] a new U.S.-Russian engagement on efforts to end the eight-year Syrian conflict that has killed over 400,000 people …. But Jeffrey cautioned that ‘this is just a potential way forward’ … not[ing] there have been no steps such as a cease-fire in the last rebel-held stronghold in Idlib File Photo of James Jeffrey at Podium, with U.S. Flag, Other Flag and Backdrop, adapted from image at state.govthat the Trump administration is demanding or the convening of a committee to draft a new constitution … as called for in the roadmap. …”

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