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The news, which was also reported by Arabic news network al-Arabiya, came only shortly after talks were reported to have begun.
The deal was "very positive", Iraqi police reportedly said, and journalists have been called to a news conference.
Aides have said that al-Sistani's peace plan calls for Najaf and Kufa to be declared weapons-free cities, for all foreign forces to withdraw from Najaf and leave security to the police, and for the government to compensate those harmed by the fighting.
"Mr. Muqtada al-Sadr agreed to the initiative of his eminence al-Sistani," said Hamed al-Khafaf, a top al-Sistani aide. "You will hear good news soon from the government and Mr. Muqtada al-Sadr."
"the disarmament of the towns of Najaf and of Koufa and the departure of all the elements armed with these two cities ", affirmed Mr. Khaffaf, director of the office of the ayatollah, with the satellite chain of television Al-Arabiya