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The United Nations has expressed hope that agreement between the United States and Russia for a cease-fire in southwest Syria will help in the success of upcoming peace talks.

The U.N.'s deputy special envoy to Syria Ramzy Ramzy said in Damascus today that the agreement announced in Hamburg, is a step in the right direction.

Meanwhile, Russian, American and Jordanian experts at a meeting in Amman have agreed on a memorandum of understanding to create a de-escalation zone in the regions of Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida.

A new round of U.N.-sponsored peace talks will be held in Geneva on Monday.

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