World / Africa & Diaspora
Monday, 10 Jul 2017 10:42 EATakipchumba@kenyafreepress.com
It’s now in the public domain across the sphere that after the meeting on the sidelines of G20 summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, a ceasefire deal has been struck.
The meeting that saw the duo discuss a range of other issues besides the Syrian war was the first for the controversial American President Donald Trump to face each other eye-eye.
On Friday the two leaders discussed war in Syria, terrorism and cybersecurity. However, the war on Syria is reported to have taken the better part of their time and discussion. The duo was later joined by the Jordanian leader when they unanimously agreed to put in place a ceasefire across South-Western Syria commencing from tomorrow, Sunday.
The agreement was announced after the US and Russian leaders meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
Moscow has been throwing its weight behind the Al-Assad Regime and its forces, whereas Washington has backed up the rebel fighters and called for the removal of President Bashar Al-Assad.
The agreement on the truce that would cover the regions of Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida was said by the Russian Foreign Minister to be the result of several months of meetings behind the scenes between Russia and US on Syria.
According to UN Refugee Agency, more than 300,000 people have given up the ghost in the fatal Syrian conflict which began with anti-government protest in 2011- with another 5.5 million people having fled the war-ravaged country and 6.3 million people internally displaced.
Mr Sergei Lavrov journalists that Russia and US would coordinate with Jordan to act “as the guarantors of the observance of this armistice by all the triumvirate (Jordan, US and Russia).”
Addressing the media after the G20 meetings the US Secretary of State said: “I think this is our first indication of the US and Russia being able to work together in Syria, and as a result of that we had a very lengthy discussion regarding other areas in Syria that we can continue to work together on to de-escalate the areas.”
Mr Tillerson further said that the meeting depicted that the two countries’ eventual purposes for Syria “are precisely the same” – but differed on how they should be attained.
The G20 meeting which was due to last two days (Friday-Saturday) is described by the diplomatic editors as ‘fractious’ owing to the glaring divisions over some global issues ranging from trade deals to the seemingly elusive agreement on climate change that has witnessed temperatures rise globally.
The two-day summit has been marred by protests which are reported to have been triggered by the presence of the US president Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, the challenge of climate change and the increasing global wealth inequalities.
Kipchumba is a staff writer/columnist at the Kenya Free Press