October 18, 2019 / 1:15 PM / a month ago

White House says ceasefire will 'takes time' at Syria-Turkey border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Implementing a ceasefire will take time, a White House spokeswoman said on Friday as machine-gun fire, shelling and smoke were observed at the Syria-Turkey border one day after top U.S. officials announced a truce.

Asked about the fighting in the region despite the pause agreement, White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told Fox News in an interview that the U.S. delegation was “successful in a ceasefire, but that takes time”, adding that she would not discuss operations on the ground.

Reporting by Jan Wolfe and Susan Heavey; Editing by Alex Richardson

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