Since a resumption of peace negotiations a year ago, there have been multiple rounds brokered by the United Nations in Geneva between representatives of Syrian rebels and the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, resulting in scant progress. Russia hopes that the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva will progress on July 10 after meetings in Kazakhstan's Astana and Hamburg, Russian Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov told TASS on Saturday.
Staffan de Mistura's office said Saturday that the aim is for delegates to arrive in the Swiss city on July 9 and for talks - the seventh round so far - to start the following day.
Egypt called on the Syrian opposition to announce a ceasefire and implement the agreed upon four safe zones on Sunday, according to Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) statement.
The U.S. State Department issued a statement welcoming the development and calling for the opposition to also enforce a cease-fire so that humanitarian aid can reach civilians.
The damaged Al-Rahman mosque is pictured at al-Nuaimah village in Deraa province, Syria on June 17, 2017.
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Syrian regime has pursued a series of so-called "national reconciliation" agreements with rebels in different parts of the country, including recently near the capital.
Back in May, similar talks resulted in setting up "de-escalation zones" in Syria.
Momani also said it was important that parties work through the Geneva peace process.
According to a brief statement published by state-owned Syrian Arab News Agency, the cessation of hostilities began at 12.00 p.m.
"There are breaches and we are distrustful of the regime's intentions in abiding by the ceasefire", Major Issam al Rayes, spokesman for the Southern Front grouping of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels, told Reuters.