Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Only Syrian army should be on country's southern border: Russian Federation

Only Syrian army should be on country's southern border: Russian Federation

Both Russia and Iran have played pivotal roles in helping reverse Assad's fortunes, and Faisal Mekdad, Syria's deputy foreign minister, last week reassured Tehran that a pullout was not up for discussion.

Russian Federation and Israel have come to an extraordinary agreement over the role of Iranian troops in Syria, paving the way for a regime offensive against one of the last remaining rebel-held areas in the south of the country. The agreement was reportedly reached in December a year ago and seeks joint coordination to counter Iran's missile program and its proxy network across the Middle East.

At the moment, the control of the border area close to Jordan and Israel is shared between Syrian government forces and different militant groups.

After Lavrov's comments, Israel called for its arch-foe Iran to be denied any military presence in Syria. And Tehran, which is closely allied with Syrian leader Assad and maintains a working relationship with Russian Federation, is laying the groundwork to develop a long-term presence in the country.

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On 10 May, Israel launched a wave of air strikes on Syria in response to what Israeli officials said was Iranian rocket fire on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, and claimed to have destroyed most of Iran's military infrastructure in the process.

"Yet Israel's hand is not so weak". "We believe that there is no place for any Iranian military presence, anywhere in Syria".

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. The two men will reportedly ratify an agreement for dealing with Iran's missile program and defeating its network of proxy fighters, which are scattered across the Middle East.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also said in remarks to the Knesset on Monday that Iran should be pressured to leave Syria altogether. They may also discuss ways the US and Israeli armed forces can work together to defeat Iran militarily.

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