U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, shake hands after their meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)
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Washington and Moscow have made key steps towards agreeing a new cease-fire in Syria, but a final deal has not been reached, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart said after talks Friday.Kerry explained that U.S. and Russian experts would continue to meet in Geneva in the coming days to pore over unresolved issues in hopes of striking a durable deal.The two diplomats met on and off for nearly 12 hours and were briefly joined by the U.N. envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, who Thursday voiced hopes the talks would help his drive to revive the stalled negotiations.The U.S. and Russia co-chair a U.N.-backed humanitarian task force for Syria, which has been struggling to ensure access for desperately-needed aid across the country.There was hope that Friday's talks between Kerry and Lavrov might help boost those efforts, but no specific pledges on Aleppo were made.
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