Russia will pursue further cooperation with U.S. on Syria: FM
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, July 10, that his country will build on the success of a local ceasefire in south-west Syria and seek further opportunities to cooperate with the United States in resolving the Syrian conflict, Reuters reported.

Speaking at a news conference, Lavrov said: "We will try, on this basis, to move even further forward,” adding that Moscow had durable contacts with U.S. officials over the conflict in Syria, and was hoping to broker cease-fires in other parts of the country.

U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said that the ceasefire in southwest Syria was by large holding. Mistura said he was optimistic the deal could keep on holding after coming into effect on Sunday, and influence positively the discussions in the Swiss city.

The United States, Russia and Jordan reached a ceasefire and "de-escalation agreement" this week with the aim of paving the way for a broader, more robust truce.

The deal was announced after a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit of major economies in the German city of Hamburg.

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News Code: 16438  |  Date: 2017/07/11  |  Time: 9 : 27

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