Trump & Putin agree on Syria ceasefire in first encounter
The first encounter in Hamburg Friday between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin ran for 2 hours and 16 minutes, well past the scheduled 30 minutes. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was present at the meeting with Foreign Secretary Sergey Lavrov, said later: “I think this is our first indication of the US and Russia being able to work together in Syria, and as a result of that, we had a very lengthy discussion regarding other areas in Syria that we can continue to work together on to de-escalate the areas and the violence." Tillerson went on to say: “Once we defeat ISIS, we will work together toward a political process that will secure the future of the Syrian people.”
He disclosed that the United States was prepared to discuss joint efforts with Russia to stabilize Syria, including no-fly zones, ceasefire observers and coordinated deliveries of humanitarian assistance.
Trump confronted Putin over allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which, said the Secretary of State, should relieve some of the pressure on the president at home.