Three U.S. officials said Friday that the United States and Russia have reached agreement on a cease-fire in southwest Syria.
Details regarding the agreement and its implementation were not immediately available, although officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, reported that the cease-fire is scheduled to take effect Sunday at noon Damascus time.
The agreement also includes Jordan and Israel, two U.S. allies who share a border with the southern part of Syria and have been concerned about violence from Syria’s civil war crossing their borders.
According to the Washington Examiner, “The deal is separate from ‘de-escalation zones’ that were to be created under a deal brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran earlier this year. The U.S. was not a part of that deal. Follow-up talks this week in Kazakhstan to finalize a cease-fire in those zones failed to reach agreement.”
Leading up to President Trump’s Friday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, the U.S. and Russia have been backing opposing sides in Syria’s war. Moscow supports Syrian President Bashar Assad and Washington supports rebels who are battling Assad. The U.S. and Russia agree on their opposition of ISIS in Syria.
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