Only Syrian army troops must be present in Syria’s south: Russian FM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says only Syrian government forces should maintain presence on the Arab country’s southern parts, which is close to Jordan and the occupied territories of Palestine.

The Russian top diplomat made the remarks in a joint press conference with his Mozambican counterpart, Condungua Pacheco, in capital Moscow on Monday, stressing that the pulling out of all non-Syrian forces must be made on “a mutual basis”, and that “this should be a two-way street.”

“The result of this work which should continue and is continuing should be a situation when representatives of the Syrian Arab Republic’s army stand at Syria’s border with Israel,” Lavrov further said.

His comments come as parts of the two Syrian southern provinces, Quneitra and Dara’a, are still under the control of multiple terrorist factions.

According to a new report by the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the Syrian troops are making some movements in these areas, suggesting that they are likely planning to conduct a comprehensive counter-terrorism operation to liberate the militant-held areas from the clutches of terror groups.

The UK-based monitor’s report further said that the Syrian air force had reportedly begun dropping leaflets on the areas, including Dara’a, urging the foreign-backed militants to lay down arms and to accept the government rule, a further sign suggesting that Damascus most likely intend to carry out a liberating operation there.

One of the leaflets declares “the arrival of the Syrian Arab army’s soldiers,” according to SOHR, which is sympathetic to foreign-backed militants.

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