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    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stated that the recently progress achieved in Syria amid the ceasefire deal should become long-term so that negotiations on a political solution to the ongoing conflict can begin.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A noticeable progress has been achieved in the last several days in Syria amid the ceasefire deal, and it should become long-term so that talks on a political solution to the ongoing conflict can begin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter stated at a joint conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

    “Indeed, it’s fair to say that tangible progress has been achieved in the last few days and what is important now is to make sure now that this progress becomes more permanent in nature, and in so doing it is possible for us to resume negotiations in Geneva,” Steinmeier said.

    The cessation of hostilities came into effect at midnight on February 27 Damascus time, after the United States and Russia reached an agreement earlier in February on a ceasefire between the Syrian government and opposition groups to help end the country’s civil war.

    On March 7, delegations of Syria’s government and opposition are expected to meet in Geneva for talks on reconciliation.

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