Netanyahu: There is no place for Iran in Syria

Netanyahu: There is no place for Iran in Syria

It is understood that, for its part, Israel agreed to accept the return to the border of soldiers loyal to Assad'd regime; while Russian Federation will guarantee that no Iranian or Hezbollah forces return to the area.

Southern Syria is of concern to the United States, which a year ago brokered a "de-escalation" deal with Jordan and Russian Federation that has largely contained the war near the frontier with Israel.

Israel is vehemently opposed to Iran maintaining a military presence in Syria, however.

The move comes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to discuss Iran with several European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, next week.

The diplomatic flurry to prevent further violence comes as a Syrian government offensive on the southern province of Daraa appears imminent after aircraft dropped leaflets last Friday on the area, urging rebels to lay down their weapons or face an offensive.

The US warned it would take "firm and appropriate measures" in response to any violations of that ceasefire.

According to the report, Israel's Defense Ministry underlined Israel's view that the Iranian presence should be entirely eradicated from Syria, not only militarily and not only from the southern part of the country, but also from an economic standpoint as well. The Iranians denied they had fired any rockets.

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.‎.

In recent days, Israel and Iran are said to have passed a large number of messages via Jordan regarding the situation in Syria.

One participant told Elaph that the Iranians "arrived at a quick agreement" that its forces would not intervene in fighting near the Golan Heights and the Israel-Jordan border, surprising the Israeli representatives.

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