May 5, 2017 / 12:08 AM / 3 months ago

U.N. chief encouraged by safe zones deal for Syria: spokesman

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the 15th Plenary Assembly of the World Jewish Congress in New York City, U.S., April 23, 2017.Brendan McDermid

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is encouraged by an agreement reached on Thursday to create safe zones in certain areas of war-torn Syria, the United Nations said in a statement.

"It will be crucial to see this agreement actually improve the lives of Syrians," a spokesman for the secretary-general said in the statement.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh

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