Obama, Putin, agree to continue seeking deal on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to US President Barack Obama at the Group of 20 economic summit in Hangzhou, China. (AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to US President Barack Obama at the Group of 20 economic summit in Hangzhou, China. (AP)

Hangzhou - US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to keep up negotiations over a cease-fire agreement for Syria.

That's according to a senior Obama administration official who spoke on grounds of anonymity because the person wasn't authorised to speak publicly.

The official says Obama and Putin met for 90 minutes on Monday at the Group of 20 economic summit in Hangzhou, China.

Their discussion came hours after top US and Russian diplomats failed to seal a deal aimed at providing access to humanitarian aid for thousands of civilians in the war-torn country.

The plan would forge an unlikely US-Russian militarily partnership against extremist groups operating in Syria.

The official says Obama and Putin clarified remaining gaps in the talks, which largely involve how the deal would be implemented.

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