SYRIAN CEASE-FIRE: Trump and Putin Reportedly Reach Deal at G20 Summit
Meeting produces agreement saving Syrian lives
According to the Washington Post today, Pres. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin were only supposed to meet for 45-minutes in the greatly anticipated meeting between the two on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. It ended up lasting two hours, fifteen minutes. Now we can only imagine what was shared between the two after Trump gave Putin a couple of back-slaps in front of cameras earlier in the day, but something everyone can get behind did come of the extended conversation.
The Associated Press reports that, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the topics discussed between Trump and Putin, a cease-fire deal has been reached between the U.S. and Russia in southwest Syria. Going into effect this Sunday at noon, the extended civil war between Russian-backed Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government forces and U.S-backed rebels fighting Assad could at least avoid some further loss of life if the deal stands. But as the AP article stated,
Previous cease-fires in Syria have collapsed or failed to reduce violence for long, and it was unclear whether this deal would be any better.
Yet, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was the only American in the meeting between Putin and Trump other than a translator, stated,
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.
And that is at the center of the bloody conflict between Syrian countrymen which must be dealt with.
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This agreement could have another positive aspect beneficial to both nations also, namely, a possible increase in focus on fighting ISIS. Being a common enemy between the two, the radical group of Jihadi- fighters may become a more central military agenda for both nations. More time and resources could go into the campaign as the re-taking of Mosul is nearing an end and the battle for the claimed Islamic State capital Raqqa is in full swing. And it is nearly impossible to put forth any argument against destroying ISIS.
The question everyone was focused on today was rather Pres. Trump would confront Putin on the issue of the interference in our 2016 Presidential election by Russian hackers. But according to a Washington Post report, according to Sec. Tillerson nothing much came of the matter when brought up by Trump. But at least something came out of the meeting that we can hang our hats on. And with the low bar set by Mr. Trump, maybe we have to be satisfied just by that.
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