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United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Syria Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy attends a news conference ahead of Intra Syria talks at the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland, May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse


DAMASCUS, Syria (Reuters) - A ceasefire deal agreed for southwestern Syria is a positive development that will help support the political process in the country, The U.N. Deputy Special Envoy for Syria said on Saturday.

"This is a step in the right direction... All of this leads to supporting the political process," Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy told reporters in Damascus.

The United States, Russia and Jordan reached a ceasefire and "de-escalation agreement" for southwestern Syria that is due to start on Sunday.

(Reporting by Firas Makdesi in Damascus; editing by John Stonestreet)