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    A ceasefire in southwestern Syria appears to be holding up after the first 48 hours, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a briefing on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, following talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, that the United States, Russia and Jordan agreed on ceasefire in southwestern Syria starting at noon Damascus time (09:00 GMT) on July 9.

    “We are a little over two days into the ceasefire in that part of Syria. We are pleased with that. We think it’s holding fairly well at this point,” Nauert told reporters.

    The United States and Russia have committed themselves to ensuring the implementation of the ceasefire.

    Syria has been engulfed in a civil war for over six years with government troops fighting against numerous opposition factions as well as terrorist groups.


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