The U.S. and its allies have agreed to the implementation of a ceasefire to end the violence between the government and non-Jihadist forces in order to allow necessary humanitarian aid to the civilian population caught in the middle of the war.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the agreement in Munich, Germany after spending last few days negotiating with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Kerry called the ceasefire plan “ambitious” and added that it will be a real test for all parties in this war to agree to halt all hostilities.
Lavrov added that there were “reasons to hope we have done a great job today” during the announcement of this agreement on Thursday evening.
While the ceasefire will require the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the non-jihadist forces to cease hostilities with one another; this is not the case with Islamist groups like Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
The ceasefire is set to begin next week and will continue indefinitely until further specified.