Obama "cautious" about Syrian ceasefire agreement

US President Barack Obama says he is "very cautious about raising expectations" on a Syrian ceasefire due to go into effect this week.

"If, over the next several weeks, we can see some lessening of the violence that's been wracking that country, then that provides us a basis to build a longer-term ceasefire both in the north and the south," Obama says after discussing the matter in the Oval Office with Jordan's King Abdullah.

Obama says the cessation of hostilities would allow talks to move forward on a political transition to end the Syrian civil war and for the international community, including Russia, to focus on targeting Islamic State.

Spokesman Josh Earnest says the US expects there to be some violations of the agreement and for it to remain unclear at first whether it is effective.

Last update: Wed, 24/02/2016 - 20:06
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