The US and Russia have agreed to a ceasefire deal for Syria which will start on Saturday, according to a draft of the plan.
Earlier, US Secretary of State John Kerry met his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, to try to reach an agreement on terms of a cessation of hostilities in Syria following the deaths of hundreds in multiple bomb blasts in Damascus and Homs.
World powers met on 12 February and agreed for a truce to come into effect within a week, but the deadline passed.
Now reports say that the US and Russia have agreed a deal, though analysts are skeptical that the ceasefire will be effective given the intensity of the fighting and the failure of the first deadline.
Reuters quoted a source saying the ceasefire would not include Daesh or Nusra Front, which is linked to al-Qaeda.
Speaking on Saturday at a news conference in Amman with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Kerry reiterated the US position that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must step down or else ‘this war cannot and will not end’, and said that in spite of the deal he did not expect there to be any change on the ground.
‘I do not believe that in the next few days, during which time we try to bring this into effect, there is somehow going to be a tipping point with respect to what is happening on the ground,’ Kerry said.
‘The opposition has made clear their determination to fight back.’