November 20, 2016 / 11:36 AM / 3 years ago

Syria foreign minister says no to east Aleppo autonomous zone

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moalem said on Sunday that Staffan De Mistura, the special envoy of the United Nations secretary general, had proposed that rebel-held east Aleppo have an autonomous administration but that Damascus rejected this.

“This was completely rejected... This is a violation of our sovereignty,” he said in a televised news conference after holding talks with De Mistura in Damascus on Sunday.

Reporting by Angus McDowall; editing by Jason Neely

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