Turkey and Russia have agreed on a nationwide ceasefire for Syria that could come into effect at midnight, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.
The ceasefire could bring Bashar al Assad’s regime and Syrian opposition forces closer to ending a five year conflict that has displaced millions and killed over 400,000 people.
“The plan is expected to be carried in all areas where the Assad regime and opposition are fighting,” AA, Turkey’s official news agency said.
The report said terror organisations operating in Syria will be excluded from the deal.
The news agency reported that if the ceasefire succeeds, political negotiations between Assad and opposition parties are expected to take place in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana. The report did not specify when the talks were likely to take place.
Syria was plunged into a civil war in 2011, after Assad cracked down on pro-democracy protestors. More than 10 million people are displaced across the war-torn country, the United Nations said, and millions of others have fled to other countries.