Syrian government vows to fight rebels despite United States warning

Report Israel Iran engage in indirect negotiations over Syria fighting

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

Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have clashed with Sunni rebel groups in Daraa, a region on the border with both the Israeli Golan Heights and Jordan's northern border.

Martin Indyk, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and former special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, said on Twitter Assad appeared to be offering to "get the Iranians to pull back from Golan" Heights, if Israel accepts it as Syrian.

Following Lavrov's statement, the Israeli PM asserted that there is no place for Iran's military forces in Syria.

The Israeli prime minister is scheduled to meet with European leaders next week and said that he intends to discuss Iran's nuclear power and find ways to block its "nuclear aspirations" and "Iran's spreading in the Middle East".

Sources said the two national security advisers will make changes to the agreement that reflect the "new reality" of the United States no longer being party to the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.

The report indicated that Iran used Jordan as a go-between to relay a message to Israel, saying it would not operate in southeastern Syria near the border with Jordan.‎.

For the negotiations, Iran's ambassador to Jordan, Mostafa Moslehzadeh, stayed in a hotel room with Iranian security personnel next door to a room of senior Israeli security officials, including the deputy head of Mossad, Elaph reported.

The US warned it would take "firm and appropriate measures" in response to any violations of that ceasefire.

Israel's has long said it would not allow Iran to gain a permanent military foothold in Syria.

Moscow, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's ally, brokered a string of de-escalation zones for insurgent enclaves past year, though fighting raged on in some.

Those strikes followed a barrage of some 32 rockets that were fired by Iranian forces in Syria towards Israel's part of the Golan Heights.

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