Syrian government is ready for another peace talks

Syrian government is ready for another peace talksSyrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that the government is ready for further peace talks with the opposition to discuss a political solution to the five-year conflict.

"Syria ... is ready to continue the Syrian-Syrian dialogue without any preconditions ... and without foreign interference, with the support of the United Nations," state news agency SANA quoted an official in the foreign ministry.

The UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said that the United Nations hopes to convene a new round of intra-Syrian peace talks in Geneva in August.

Previous rounds of talks this year gave no result because of escalated fights, particularly around Aleppo. The government forces recently cut off the only road into rebel-held areas of the divided northern city.

The United States and Russia, which back opposing sides in the conflict, are now discussing an American proposal for closer military cooperation and intelligence sharing on Syria to combat extremist groups.

Meanwhile, four makeshift hospitals and a local blood bank in Aleppo have been hit by air raids in the past 24 hours, a group of doctors said. The Independent Doctor's Association said the four hospitals that were hit — the children's hospital, Al-Bayan, Al-Zahraa, and Al-Daqaq — would all be going out of service "as a result of the escalating series of aerial attacks taking place against health facilities in Aleppo by Syrian and Russian warplanes".
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