Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

Putin, Netanyahu agree to continue cooperation in Syria

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho speaks to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov left during their meeting in Moscow Russia Assad in Tartus mosque for end-of-Ramadan prayer
Jeannette Daniel | 18 June, 2018, 06:45

"We are giving the political process a chance".

The Syrian military moved extra air defense near the border with Israel as Iran's presence in Syria makes the entire region more tense, a commander in the pro-regime coalition told the Reuters news agency Tuesday.

Since past year, a "de-escalation" deal brokered by Jordan, Russia and the United States has contained fighting in the southwest.

His military gains in the war have partly depended on support from Iran and allied Shi'ite militias including Lebanon's Hezbollah, which have provided ground forces.

The United States will "take firm and appropriate measures" in response to Syrian government violations in a designated de-escalation zone in the country's southwest, the State Department said on Thursday.

Hezbollah forces have also been aiding the Syrian government clear areas bordering Lebanon of terrorist groups.

In his interview Assad said Iran does not have any military bases in Syria, unlike Russian Federation.

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The rebel-held areas in the southern provinces of Daraa and Qunaitera will be facing two options: either a settlement based on an agreement with the armed groups or a military showdown, the Syrian president said.

Assad has pledged to take back "every inch" of Syria.

Asked about the possibility of a settlement that included Iran leaving the south, Assad said: "The Syrian-Iranian relationship is a strategic one not subject to a deal in the south or in the north.it is not subject to the price tags of the global bazaar".

Assad added that he will pay a visit to Iran soon, at the earliest opportunity.

The political opposition to Assad says the deals amount to forced demographic change and deliberate displacement of his enemies away from the main cities of western Syria.

The U.S. military is in much of the east and northeast, leading a coalition against Islamic State and backing the Kurdish and Arab forces which control the area.

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