US, Russia and Jordan reach ceasefire deal for southwest Syria

A rebel fighter walks past damaged buildings in a rebel-held part of the southern city of Deraa, Syria. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 07, 2017, 05.31 PM (IST)

The United States, Russia and Jordan have reached a crucial ceasefire and "de-escalation agreement" in southwestern Syria, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson said on Friday.

Tillerson announced the deal after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg. 

The ceasefire goes into effect on Sunday, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, who was also present at the meeting, said. 

Tillerson said the area covered by the ceasefire affects Jordan’s security and is a “very complicated part of the Syrian battlefield”.

“It is (a) well-defined agreement on who will secure this area,” he told the media, 

Prior to leaving for the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Tillerson had said the US was prepared to discuss joint efforts with Russia in order to stabilise the situation in Syria, 

(with inputs from Reuters)


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The United States, Russia and Jordan have brokered a crucial ceasefire deal in southwest Syria that goes into effect on Sunday