Kerry, Lavrov announce joint US-Russia plan for ceasefire in Syria, fighting ISIS

If the ceasefire holds, the two world powers will join forces against ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, formerly known as Al-Qaeda.
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US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Saturday that the United States and Russia had successfully devised a plan to end the conflict in Syria. As part of the plan, a ceasefire will go into effect on Monday evening, the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

In a joint press conference with Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, Kerry said, "Today, the United States and Russia are announcing a plan which we hope will reduce violence, ease suffering and resume movement towards a negotiated peace and a political transition in Syria."

Lavrov added, "Once the implementation of this plan has begun, the United Nations will be able to continue its efforts to promote peace talks."

The two leaders stressed that the ceasefire, if it holds for longer than a week, will be only the first in a series of historic collaborations between the two world powers. Over the upcoming week, a joint counter-terrorism center will be founded where the US and Russia will share vital intelligence information to enable an efficient military cooperation.

According to Lavrov, the Syrian government has expressed willingness to go along with the initiative.

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