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    November 13, 2017

    "We NEVER said anything about the withdrawal of IRGC and Hezbollah from southern Syria" - Peskov

    November 13th, 2017 - Fort Russ News -
    - Al Mayadeen - - translated by Samer Hussein -

    MOSCOW, Russia. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that the new ceasefire agreement for southern Syria signed by the Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump during APEC summit in Vietnam has never addressed the withdrawal of forces loyal to Iran, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah including, from southern Syria.

    “The text should be read as it is. Any alternate interpretation is unacceptable”, Peskov said. 

    “Before it got published, the text was subjected to expert research and consultation, and was agreed upon in Danang during the recent APEC Summit following a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his American counterpart Rex Tillerson. Once it reached its final form, it was presented to the Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump”, he added.

    A senior State Department official recently claimed that the tripartite ceasefire agreement between US, Russia and Jordan referred to evacuation of all foreign forces loyal to Iran from southwestern Syria, IRGC including, and that Russia promised to discuss this issue with the Syrian authorities.

    The official added that the Amman memorandum "guarantees the survival of southwestern Syria under the control of the Syrian opposition until the settlement of the political crisis in the country is reached.

    Israel's Channel 10 network said on Sunday that the United States, Russia and Jordan signed a ceasefire agreement for southern Syria, in which Russia vowed to remove all foreign troops from the buffer zones.

    According to the foreign affairs analyst of the channel, buffer zones will be established on the border areas between Israel and Syria, around the occupied Golan Heights and the border area between Jordan and Syria.

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