Syrian government vows to fight rebels despite U.S. warning

Martin Indyk, former United States 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.

Southern Syria is of concern to the United States, which previous year brokered a "de-escalation" deal with Jordan and Russian Federation that has largely contained the war near the frontier with Israel.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman will meet Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Moscow on Thursday.

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

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

"Our position on Syria is clear", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his parliamentary faction in broadcast remarks.

A Syrian state-run newspaper says Damascus will keep fighting the country's rebels - or "terrorists" as the government calls opposition fighters - despite US warnings against a new offensive in southern Daraa province.

On 10 May, Israel launched a wave of air strikes on Syria in response to what Israeli officials said was Iranian rocket fire on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, and claimed to have destroyed most of Iran's military infrastructure in the process.

At the moment, the control of the border area close to Jordan and Israel is shared between Syrian government forces and different militant groups.

Iran's ambassador to Jordan, Dr. Mostafa Moslehzadeh, reportedly received instructions from senior officials to conduct the negotiations with Israel in Amman. The report said a Jordanian mediator carried messages between the sides.

According to Elaph, Iran may have been willing to negotiate with Israel this weekend as a result of losses Tehran has sustained in recent Israeli attacks in Syria.

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