Partial ceasefire deal reached in Syria, in Trump's first peace effort

Partial ceasefire deal reached in Syria, in Trump's first peace effortBy Jeff Mason and Denis Dyomkin HAMBURG (Reuters) – The United States, Russia and Jordan reached a ceasefire and “de-escalation agreement” for southwestern Syria on Friday, as the U.S. government under President Donald Trump made its first attempt at peacemaking in the country’s six-year-old civil war. The ceasefire, due to start at noon Damascus time (0900 GMT) on Sunday, was announced after a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit of major economies in the German city of Hamburg. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the area covered by the ceasefire affects Jordan’s security and is a “very complicated part of the Syrian battlefield.” Russia and Iran are the main international backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad while Washington supports some of the rebel groups fighting to topple him.


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