US, Russia agree on ceasefire in southwest Syria

HAMBURG, Germany—Russia and the United States have agreed to a ceasefire in southwest Syria starting from midday on Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced Friday.

 

“Today in Amman Russian, American and Jordanian experts… agreed on a memorandum of understanding to create a de-escalation zone” in the regions of Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida, Lavrov said.

 

“There will be a ceasefire in this zone from midday Damascus time on July 9.”

 

Lavrov was speaking at the G20 summit in Hamburg where he sat in on talks between US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin — their first face-to-face meeting.

 

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