On June 1, an unnamed source familiar with the situation revealed to the Russian news outlet Sputnik that deputy foreign ministers of Russia, Jordan and the US will meet in the Jordanian capital of Amman next week to discuss the de-escalation zone in southern Syria.
“The meeting will take place next week, at the level of deputy ministers. From the Russian side, [Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail] Bogdanov will participate,” the source told Sputnik.
Earlier this week, Sputnik reported that the three countries will discuss a possible withdrawal of Iranian forces from southern Syria during the upcoming meeting. Another issue, which will be discussed by the sides, is handing over the control of the southern de-escalation zone to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Russian Military Police, according to the news outlet.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on May 31 that Iranian forces and Lebanese Hezbollah are preparing to withdraw from the southern Syrian governorates of al-Quneitra and Daraa under an agreement, which is set to be finalized during the upcoming meeting in Amman.
Local observers believe that the results of Amman meeting may prevent a military operation in southern Syria and stabilize the situation there. Such a development may have a very positive impact on the political process in Syria.