Syria's Assad vows to retake areas held by US-backed Kurds

Daraa Province in southern Syria

Daraa Province in southern Syria

Sergei Lavrov stressed on his point that this withdrawal needed to be a two-way street, where the demilitarization would have to be carried out by all non-Syrian forces on a mutual basis.

On Sunday, Israel's Haaretz newspaper wrote that Moscow may convince Iran to pull its troops back 60 kilometers from Syria's border with Israel.

Israel also accused Iran of firing a salvo of rockets at Israel from the area earlier in the month.

On Monday last week, Iran rejected remarks made by Russia's President Vladimir Putin suggesting that foreign countries should be withdrawn from the Syria following a political settlement interpreted to be referring to Iran, as well as American and Turkish forces.

"The most important fact regarding this issue, is that we don't have Iranian troops", he told RT.

"We believe that there is no place for any Iranian military presence, anywhere in Syria", Netanyahu told his parliamentary faction in remarks broadcast on May 28.

If successful, the pact would be an "important step" toward reducing tensions between Israel and Iran, according to Ali Fathollah-Nejad, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center and an associate with the Iran Project at Harvard University. According to Channel 10, the meeting appeared to prioritize discussions on the delicately-balanced situation in Syria and the Iranian threat.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov addressed the participants of the forum "Primakov's reading".

The area is covered by a ceasefire sponsored by the United States, Russia and Jordan, the result of the first Syrian peacemaking diplomatic effort of President Donald Trump's administration.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will discuss Iran with several European leaders next week.

"We don't have any other options, with the Americans or without the Americans".

Assad, who has reconquered large parts of the country since the start of a vast 2015 Russian military intervention in his favour, struck a conciliatory note and said he expected wide support in former rebel-held areas.

Assad said in an interview with Russia Today television which aired on Thursday that the US troops, who operate air bases and outposts in the Kurdish-administered region, will have to leave country.

Israel has raised the alarm about Iran's expanding clout in the seven-year conflict, calling on Monday for its arch-foe to be denied any military presence in Syria.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned in comments broadcast Thursday that he would wage war to expel US troops from northeastern Syria if dialogue fails to bring the area back under government control.

Iran-backed forces, including Hezbollah, are preparing to withdraw from southern Syria against the backdrop of regional and worldwide negotiations now underway between the United States, Russia and Jordan over the war-torn country's future, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Thursday. We can't exactly ask Israel to jump into this battle openly. Because the majority of them are Syrians, supposedly they like their country, they don't like to be puppets to any foreigners.

Rejecting claims that Syria's air defenses are practically useless against Israeli jets, the 52-year-old Syrian leader said the old Soviet weapons were capable of repelling numerous IAF strikes and the US-led bombardment in April, when the US, Britain, and France fired over 100 cruise missiles at Syria. "Somehow they're going to leave".

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