Russians and Americans have agreed to establish a cease-fire from 9 am on Sunday in southern Syria, the head of Moscow’s diplomacy announced.

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Russians and Americans agreed to establish a ceasefire starting at 09:00 on Sunday in southern Syria, the head of Moscow’s diplomacy said on Friday in the margins of the G20 summit.

“Today in Jordan, Amman, Russian experts, Americans and Jordanians … have agreed on a memorandum for the creation of a zone of conflict reduction” in the provinces of Deraa, Qouneitra and Soueida, said Sergey Lavrov, In Hamburg, where the leaders of the 20 main world economies are taking place.

“In this zone, there will be a ceasefire (between government forces and rebels) as of July 9,” he added.

At first, “security around this area will be secured by forces and means of the Russian military police, in coordination with the Jordanians and the Americans,” Lavrov said.

His North American counterpart, Rex Tillerson, welcomed the agreement. “This is a first indication that the US and Russia are able to work together on Syria,” he said.

 

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