US-Russian ceasefire deal holding in Syria

US-Russian ceasefire deal holding in SyriaUpdated on : 10-07-2017 09:51 AM
US President Donald Trump has said that a ceasefire in southern Syria brokered by the US and Russia "will save lives" and is calling for further cooperation with Moscow.

He added that "Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia."

The cease-fire between the Syrian government and the rebels was brokered by Russia, the US and Jordan.

Both Jordan and Israel fear that Iranian-backed forces allied with the Syrian government will establish a lasting presence along their borders.

Several cease-fires have been declared over the course of Syria's six-year-old civil war. However, none have lasted very long.

UN Deputy Special Envoy for Syria said ceasefire deal agreed for south-western Syria is a positive development that could help prop up the political process aimed at ending the country's six-year war.

In a tweet published shortly after the truce came into effect on Sunday, Trump wrote: "We negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives. Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!"

Conflict in Syria entered its seventh year in March and more than 400,000 people are estimated to have been killed.

(IK)

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