21:31 GMT24 October 2020
Listen Live
    Middle East
    Get short URL

    The southwest Syria cease-fire brokered by the United States, Russia and Jordan is holding and displaced residents are starting to return to the area, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a briefing on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Nauert said the United States had started making deliveries of vitally needed supplies and was working with international partners to assess ongoing emergency humanitarian needs.

    "That cease-fire, to my understanding, is still holding. We are pleased with that. That provides the United States and the coalition partners with the opportunity to start to get some humanitarian aid in that is so badly needed in that area," Nauert told reporters. "People are slowly starting to come back to parts of those areas, which we consider to be a moderate success."

    She added that although US relations with Russia are at a "low," Washington wants to find areas of mutual cooperation where the two countries could work together.

    "And this is one area," Nauert said.

    The ceasefire in southwestern Syria entered into force on July 9.


    Daesh Militants Shell Syria’s Deir Ez-Zor With Mortars Killing Civilian
    Not Another Yugoslavia: Why Ex-Hague Prosecutor Del Ponte Quit Syria Probe
    Syria's HNC: Talks to Determine if Assad Retains Power During Transitional Phase
    ceasefire, US, Syria
    Community standardsDiscussion