14-06-2024 08:12 AM Jerusalem Timing

US Envoy Kerry Hails Syria Ceasefire, Says Not Enough

US Envoy Kerry Hails Syria Ceasefire, Says Not Enough

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday welcomed the Syrian army’s declaration of a 72-hour ceasefire but said he was working with Russia and others to transform it into a lasting truce.

KerryUS Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday welcomed the Syrian army's declaration of a 72-hour ceasefire but said he was working with Russia and others to transform it into a lasting truce.

"We very much welcome the Syrian army's declaration of a period of quiet in celebration of Eid. We very much hope it will be honored by all parties," Kerry told reporters during a visit to ex-Soviet Georgia.

The Syrian army said Wednesday it was observing a 72-hour ceasefire across the country coinciding with Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.