June 28, 2018 / 11:46 AM / a year ago

Syrian opposition negotiator decries U.S. 'silence' over offensive

FILE PHOTO: Nasr al-Hariri, Head of the opposition Syrian Negotiation Commission (SNC), speaks in Brussels, Belgium, February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

RIYADH (Reuters) - Syria’s chief opposition negotiator Nasr al-Hariri on Thursday decried “U.S. silence” over a Syrian government offensive in southwest Syria, where Washington agreed a “de-escalation” zone last year with Jordan and Damascus’ ally Russia.

Speaking in Riyadh, he said that only a “malicious deal” could explain the lack of a U.S. response over the government’s Russia-backed campaign in the southwest, after Washington used military force against attacks on allies elsewhere in Syria.

Reporting By Sarah Dadouch in Riyadh, writing by Angus McDowall in Beirut; editing by John Stonestreet

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