President Trump finally met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time since winning the election, and the pair reached a deal in under two hours of talks.
According to the Associated Press, Putin and Trump spoke about the ongoing conflict in Syria and how to best manage it, before coming up with a ceasefire deal between our two nations. Details of the deal are yet to be released, but it’s known that on Sunday at noon it will take effect, marking a major step in ending the raging civil war in the nation.
The AP reported:
Earlier in the week, Syria’s military had said it was halting combat operations in the south of Syria for four days, in advance of a new round of Russia-sponsored talks in Astana. That move covered southern provinces of Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida. Syria’s government briefly extended that unilateral cease-fire, which is now set to expire Saturday – a day before the U.S. and Russian deal would take effect.
The new agreement to be announced Friday will be open-ended, one U.S. official said, describing it as part of broader U.S. discussions with Russia on trying to lower violence in the war-ravaged country. Officials said the U.S. and Russia were still working out the details as Trump and Putin concluded their more than two-hour meeting on Friday.
Initially, the pair had only intended to meet for 30 minutes, but their talks reportedly lasted a full two hours as both leaders worked to hammer out the terms of the deal.
Earlier this week, Secretary of State Tillerson had stated that the U.S. would be open to working with the Russian in war-torn Syria, and now it appears as if our two nations will be doing exactly that, which is a massive diplomatic victory for President Trump.
“The US is prepared to explore the possibility of establishing with Russia joint mechanisms for ensuring stability, including no-fly zones, on the ground ceasefire observers, and coordinated delivery of humanitarian assistance,” Tillerson stated on Wednesday. “If our two countries work together to establish stability on the ground, it will lay a foundation for progress on the settlement of Syria’s political future.”