Russia, Jordan agree on military coordination on Syria

VIENNA (AFP) - Russia and Jordan have agreed to "coordinate" military operations in Syria, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday (Oct 23) after meeting his Jordanian counterpart.

"The armed forces of the two countries, the Russian and Jordanian forces, agreed to coordinate their actions, including those of their air forces over Syria," Lavrov told journalists in Vienna, adding that a "mechanism" had been set up in the Jordanian capital.

Lavrov also said that Moscow backs talks between the government of Bashar al-Assad and the "full spectrum" of the Syrian opposition.

"Our common position is that we need to boost efforts for the political process in the Syrian settlement," Lavrov said.

"This foresees the start of full-scale talks between representatives of the Syrian government and the full spectrum of the Syrian opposition, both domestic and external - with the support of outside players."

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