Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Saturday, December 16th, 2017

US Security Officials in Israel to Discuss Syria Agreement

US Security Officials in Israel to Discuss Syria Agreement

JERUSALEM - Officials with the U.S. National Security Council arrived in Israel on Tuesday to discuss with their Israeli counterparts the recent U.S.-Russian truce agreement for Syria, officials and media said.
The delegation includes officials from other U.S. security agencies, and the meetings will be attended also by senior Israeli security officials, a U.S. official confirmed.
The Hebrew-language Ha'aretz newspaper reported that the American officials are expected to update the Israelis on the joint U.S.-Russian efforts to achieve a truce in Syria and what would be Iran's status in the war-torn country.
On Saturday, Russia and the U.S. announced a preliminary agreement on the terms of a ceasefire in southern Syria.
The agreement affirms a call for "the reduction and ultimate elimination" of foreign fighters from southern Syria, including Iran and its proxies, according to a report in the Times of Israel.
However, Israel, which has been lobbying Russia and the U.S. against the establishment of permanent Iranian bases in Syria, accepted the deal with worries.
On Monday, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had informed the U.S. and Russia that Israel will continue to carry out military attacks in Syria. (Xinhua)