On June 1, Russia’s Ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya confirmed that an agreement, under which Iranian forces and Lebanese Hezbollah will withdraw from southern Syria, had been reached. However, Nebenzya declined to reveal if the agreement is being implemented now.
“As I understood, an agreement had been reached. I cannot say now if it is being implemented … even if the agreement is not being implemented now, it will be in the near future,” the Russian news outlet Sputnik quoted Nebenzya as saying during a press conference.
During the last week, several reports said that Russia, Jordan and the US reached an initial agreement on southern Syria. Reportedly, the agreement will force the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to hand over its positions in southern Syria to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in exchange for an Iranian withdrawal from the area.
Earlier, an unnamed source familiar with the situation revealed to 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.”
Furthermore, Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman discussed the supposed agreement with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu during his visit to Moscow on May 31.
Local observers believe that the agreement will shape the future of southern Syria and will allow all sides to focus on the political process in the war torn country.