US, Russia agree to extend cease-fire to Aleppo, Syria

May 4, 2016 20:45

WASHINGTON - The United States and Russia have agreed to extend a cessation of hostilities in Syria to include Aleppo province and will coordinate to strengthen monitoring of the new arrangement, the State Department said on Wednesday.

It is critical that Russia redoubles efforts to press Syrian President Bashar Assad to comply with the new arrangement while Washington does its part with Syrian opposition forces, the department said in a statement.

"Our objective remains, and has always been, a single nationwide cessation of hostilities covering all of Syria - not a series of local truces," the statement said

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