October 17, 2019 / 7:50 PM / a month ago

Advisor to Assad: U.S.-brokered ceasefire with Turkey is 'vague' - Al-Mayadeen TV

FILE PHOTO: Bouthaina Shaaban, envoy of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, speaks during an interview in Beijing August 15, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer/CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA/File Photo

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A ceasefire announced by the United States to end hostilities in northern Syria with Turkey is “vague,” a senior adviser to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad told Al-Mayadeen TV on Thursday.

Top Assad adviser Bouthaina Shaaban said Damascus “cannot accept” another Iraqi Kurdistan in Syria, comments that came just after an agreement announced by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Turkey.

Shaaban said “important steps” had been taken so far with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, but that all remaining issues could not be resolved at once.

Reporting by Hesham Abdulkhalek; Editing by Chris Reese

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