Russia-US Deal Essential 'Step Toward Settlement in Syria'

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Romania welcomes the Russia-US deal to bring about ceasefire in Syria and believes the agreement is an important step toward lasting peace in the country, the foreign ministry said Saturday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the statement, Romania will continue support to humanitarian efforts aimed at helping Syrian refugees.

"Romania considers the Syria ceasefire agreement reached by Russian and the US to be an essential step toward peace and stability in Syria as well as a success factor to preserve the Syrian Arab Republic’s sovereignty, independence and integrity," the Romanian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"The Syria ceasefire arrangements create a positive climate for resuming negotiations toward finding a political solution to the conflict in the country and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the residents in the conflict-affected areas," the ministry said.

On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a new plan aimed at reducing violence in Syria, which includes a new nationwide ceasefire starting on September 12.

Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups.

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