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July 4, 2018 10:48 am

Jordanian Foreign Minister Tells Russia Ceasefire Needed in Southern Syria

avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi addresses the press in Amman, Jordan, July 2, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told Russia on Wednesday that political dialogue and a ceasefire were priorities for southern Syria where he said a humanitarian catastrophe risked unfolding.

Safadi made the comment after holding talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

He said the situation in southern Syria was a cause for serious concern and needed to be resolved as soon as possible.

The Russian-backed Syrian government has mounted a campaign to recover southwestern Syria from rebels.

Syrian rebel negotiators began a new round of talks with Russian officers on Tuesday over a peace deal in southern Syria under which they would hand over weapons and allow Russian military police to enter rebel-held towns.

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