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Breaking: Trump and Putin agree on cease-fire in Syria

The US and Russia have agreed on a cease-fire in southwest Syria, officials announced Friday, as President Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin met for the first time at the G20 summit in Germany.

Published: July 7, 2017, 9:08 pm

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    The cease-fire will go into effect Sunday at noon Damascus time, officials told the Associated Press. Details of the agreement were not yet available. Jordan as well as Israel, are part of the agreement.

    Earlier in the week, Syria’s military halted combat operations in the south of Syria for four days, in advance of a new round of Russia-sponsored talks in Astana. The cease-fire was extended to only expire on Saturday, a day before the deal would take effect.

    The two leaders met for over two hours on Friday, at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, despite the meeting only scheduled for 30 minutes. Putin said they had discussed the situation in Ukraine and Syria, the fight against terrorism and cybersecurity.

    “I had a very lengthy conversation with the President of the United States, there were a lot of issues such as Ukraine, Syria, other problems, some bilateral issues,” Putin commented at the beginning of his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    “We again returned to the issues of fighting terrorism and cybersecurity,” the Russian leader added.

    Violence has marred the event with German law enforcement struggling to cope with some 100 000 left wing extremists gathered in the city. The police had to call in reinforcements.

    Various heads of state and leaders’ wives, including Melania Trump, were trapped inside hotels in lock-down on Friday. “We have no security clearance from the police to leave the guesthouse,” Trump’s spokeswoman for the German press agency told Focus, a German magazine.

    German police said 29 protesters were detained and 111 police officers were wounded, including three officers who were currently being treated in hospital.

    On Thursday he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and had dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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