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

An Iranian Air Force jet prepares for takeoff on a Syrian base

Syria is planning offensives against rebels in the southwestern area of the country, near the Jordan border.

The Israeli and Russian defence ministers, Avigdor Lieberman and Sergei Shoigu, are due to meet on Thursday.

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

This month, Israel said it launched intensive airstrikes in Syria after what it described as Iranian rocket fire from the south into the Golan.

According to the report, Iran pledged to stay out of fighting in southwest Syria between Syrian forces and rebel groups, while Israel said it would not intervene in battles near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights or the Israel-Jordan border so long as Hezbollah and Iranian-backed militias are not involved.

"We believe that there is no place for any Iranian military presence, anywhere in Syria", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his parliamentary faction on Monday.

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.‎. "Russian Federation has given it room to act against Iran-linked military interests and appears to be more interested in balancing contending fighting coalitions than returning every last piece of territory to the Assad regime's control", the report continues.

The US has also warned Assad not to move troops into the region.

Jordanian officials served as mediator, shuttling messages between the two rooms, according to the report.

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.

‎"On the other hand, Israel made it clear ‎to the Syrians, and especially to the Iranians, that ‎it would not allow Iranian forces to operate alongside the Syrian army in Daraa and Quneitra, ‎even at the price of a security escalation that ‎could lead to a direct military confrontation with ‎Iran".

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