Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Russia, US and Jordan discuss need to preserve truce in Syria

Russia, US and Jordan discuss need to preserve truce in Syria

After Lavrov's comments, Israel called for its arch-foe Iran to be denied any military presence in Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also expected to meet with European leaders to discuss Iran next week.

The understanding was reached and finalized in a discussion last Friday between Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Meanwhile, Israel is meeting with USA officials to hammer out the details of a joint strategy for dealing with Iran's presence in the Middle East.

After the leaflets were dropped on Friday, the US State Department warned the Syrian government that it would take "firm and appropriate" measures if Syria violates the ceasefire.

The United States, Russia, and Jordan agreed previous year to include Daraa in a "de-escalation zone" and freeze lines of conflict there.

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Israel has been pledging for months to prevent its main enemy Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, where Tehran is backing President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Earlier, Russia's foreign minister said in a surprising statement that the Assad regime alone should be present at the border with Israel, stating that "a situation where only Syria's military forces will be placed at the Syrian side of the border with Israel - that should be the result of the process". Israel suspects Syria's ally Iran of seeking to establish a military presence close to territory it controls and has repeatedly struck Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria when it felt threatened. The Iranians denied they had fired any rockets.

Over the weekend, Iran and Israel also reportedly engaged in indirect negotiations over fighting in Daraa, according to a report on Saudi-owned news site Elaph.

Separate reports suggest Israel has agreed not to get involved so long as Russian Federation can keep Iranian and Hezbollah forces out of the area.

According to the report, the understandings were ‎reached in a series of indirect meetings in Jordan, ‎where Iranian officials, including the envoy to ‎Jordan, met with top Jordanian officials, who in turn ‎met with senior Israeli security officials.‎.

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