Syria cease-fire goes into effect Sunday

A ceasefire in southwest Syria went into effect at noon on Sunday, after the a deal was brokered by US, Russia, and Jordan, a symbolic and rare show of cooperation between the US and Russia who have been on opposing sides of the six-year conflict.Trump is not saying, though, whether he believes Putin, tweeting that he’s “already given my opinion”. “This agreement is an important step toward these common goals”, he said.”.We negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives”, he tweeted.US-backed rebels, Syrian government forces and Islamic State militants are all fighting for control of southern Syria.On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, after the talks between Putin and U.S. leader 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. And Moscow has even less of a hold on Iran-backed pro-government forces like Hizbollah that are active across the country. Cease-fires agreed to by the USA and Russian Federation in Syria – including including a recent ill-fated attempt to save the historic city of Aleppo – have never lasted long, and the US has often accused Moscow of using the cover of such pauses in battle to seize territory.His Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, said the United States and Russia had “promised to ensure that all groups there comply with the ceasefire”.Plans for the ceasefire deal were announced on Friday after an eagerly anticipated first meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.”This is an example of foreign interest at play and the interest of U.S. allies,”Ghoneim said”. “Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russian Federation!””This is an important step but a first step”, a senior State Department official involved in the negotiations said.The latest truce is meant to allay concerns of neighbouring Israel and Jordan about Iranian-backed and government-allied forces at their borders.As fighting raged in parts of the southwest, there has been a flurry of talks in recent weeks on numerous proposed cease-fire deals involving Russia, Iran and Turkey that would eventually encompass most of Syria. “We’ve entered the ceasefire but there are no mechanisms to enforce it”.