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DE-ESCALATION ZONE IN SYRIA PRIORITY FOR U.S. – MCMASTER

U.S. National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, reiterated late Saturday that, the deescalation zone in south-west Syria, which is set to take effect on Sunday, is a "priority" for the U.S.

McMaster said in a statement, "At noon local time tomorrow, a deescalation zone in south-west Syria will begin to take effect. Such zones are a priority for the United States. We're encouraged by the progress made to reach this agreement," he remarked.

He added that "after achieving this hopeful step" with Russia and Jordan, U.S. President Donald Trump "discussed the agreement with many world leaders at the G20 Summit" in Hamburg, Germany, including Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, British Prime Minister, Theresa May and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

"The United States remains committed to defeating (Daesh), helping to end the conflict in Syria, reducing suffering, and enabling people to return to their homes," he stressed.

He affirmed that this agreement "is an important step towards these common goals."

Jordan, the US and Russia agreed, during a meeting in Amman, to establish a ceasefire in south-west Syria as of July 9, where the ceasefire will be at front-lines between the Syrian army and its allies on one side, and the armed opposition on the other.

The three countries agreed that this ceasefire should pave the way for permanent deescalation in southern Syria and thus allowed delivery of humanitarian supplies.--

Source: NAM News Network