Egypt welcomes Syrian truce mediated by US, Russia

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Cairo, Sep 11 (IANS) Egypt and the Arab League (AL) on Saturday welcomed the ceasefire agreement reached in conflict-stricken Syria after mediation efforts of the US and Russia.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry hailed the truce that was reached on Friday evening and will take effect on September 12, the first day of the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice, calling on all Syrian parties to maintain complete ceasefire “while continuing to target terrorist elements”, Xinhua reported.

The ministry’s spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid urged Syrian conflicting parties “to put an end to the humanitarian suffering of the Syrian people due to continuous violence and fighting and to pave the way for political talks.”

The truce was announced earlier on Saturday by US Secretary of State John Kerry who said he had reached the deal with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that seeks ceasefire all over Syria.

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The announcement came after intensive US-Russian talks in Geneva in a bid to end the five-year-long fighting in the Arab country.



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