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Trilateral Security Meeting Discusses Removing Iranian Forces from Syria

Trilateral Security Meeting Discusses Removing Iranian Forces from Syria

Monday, 24 June, 2019 - 05:45
File photo: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hands with John Bolton, US national security adviser, in Jerusalem on August 20, 2018 (AFP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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The “historic” two-day meeting of the top Russian, American and Israeli security advisers expected in Jerusalem Monday would explicitly discuss means to remove Iranian military forces from Syria, a high-ranking Israeli official said.

US President Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, will hold the meeting with his Israeli and Russian counterparts, Meir Ben-Shabbat and Nikolai Patrushev, to discuss Syria and Iran.

The Israeli official said Netanyahu was right when he described last Tuesday the trilateral summit as “historic,” adding that the “unprecedented meeting of two world powers in Israel, underlines its global standing.”

The official said that everyone knows that Iran’s presence in Syria is a hostile move that threatens global peace, and not only peace in the Middle East.

The trilateral meeting, according to the official, should draw a roadmap for putting a stop to Iranian aggression and for enhancing security and stability in the region, mainly in Syria.

A source close to the Israeli Prime Minister revealed that Netanyahu has been seeking to organize such a meeting ever since Russia boosted its presence in the region, in search of closer cooperation in reducing Iranian influence in Syria.

During Monday’s meeting, Moscow is expected to ask Washington to lift global sanctions on Syria while the US would exert pressure towards removing the Iranians from the region.

The top Russian, American and Israeli security advisers would also discuss other issues, including Iran’s nuclear activity and the US-Iranian tension in the Gulf.

An informed source said that the summit in Jerusalem prepares for other diplomatic steps, mainly the expected meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on the sidelines of next week's G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

Also on Syria, Paris hosts Monday a meeting of representatives from the US, France, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt.

The meeting would tackle the political deadlock and UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen’s inability to solve the dispute regarding six civil society representatives in the constitutional committee, in addition to the fate of Idlib province.

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