Iran should have no military presence in Syria: Benjamin Netanyahu

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he will urge German and French leaders next week to back Israel's position that Iran should have no military presence in Syria, according to a statement released by the PM's Office. "We are countering the Iranian military buildup in Syria that targets us and we are also acting against the [attempts to] transfer risky weapons from Syria to Lebanon", Netanyahu stated at the beginning of this week's government meeting.

Moscow says there is an agreement to hold a three-way meeting between Russian Federation, the U.S. and Jordan to discuss the de-escalation zone in southern Syria.

He said he might also meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

The territory is covered by a ceasefire agreement signed a year ago between the US, Russia and neighbouring Jordan.

In addition to violence inside Syria, Daraa's location on the border of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights makes any operation there highly sensitive.

Haaretz reported that Russia's presumed plan to remove Iranian troops from the border region was in response to Israel's extensive campaign of strikes on Iranian-operated bases in Syria on May 10, that killed 23 fighters.

Israel and Russian Federation have agreed to deploy the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad near the northern Israeli borders, the Channel 2 broadcaster reported on Tuesday, May 29, according to Sputnik.

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Monday denied reports of a "secret meeting" allegedly held in Amman recently between Iranian officials and Israeli Mossad officers.

Israel has warned that Iran is trying to establish a presence near the border, and last month accused the Islamic Republic of firing a salvo of rockets at Israel from there.

The two nations allegedly sent representatives to stay in a hotel in Amman, Jordan in next door rooms.

Several attacks across Syria in recent weeks have been attributed to Israel.

Sources briefed on the trip told Israel's Channel 10 reporter Barak Ravid that the two officials will be ratifying an existing agreement between Israel and the United States on how to deal with Iran.

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