epa03878004 Iranian revolutionary guard soldiers march during the annual military parade marking the Iraqi invasion in 1980, which led to an eight-year-long war (1980-1988) in Tehran, Iran, 22 September 2013. Iranian president Hasan Rowhani said that Iran only wants to end the civil war in Syria for avoiding a new escalation of violence in the Middle East. EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Russia facilitated the withdrawal of Iranian troops from the southern region of Syria over the Summer, Alexander Venediktov, an aide to the Russian Security Council secretary, told Sputnik News Agency on Wednesday.

“These were exactly the efforts of the Russian side that contributed to the fact that Iranian military has passed control over the southern de-escalation zone to Syrian troops, and has been pulled out by 100 kilometers away from the separation line.

I consider it a significant contribution to the Iranian-Israeli relations stabilization. In this context, we would consider it useful if Israel made responsive steps for the sake of de-escalation,” Venediktov said.

The Iranian forces were withdrawn from southern Syria prior to the start of the Syrian military’s large-scale offensive in the Dara’a and Al-Quneitra governorates.

The withdrawal of Iranian forces from southern Syria was reportedly one of Israel’s stipulations to the Russian military in regards to not interfering in the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) offensive in Dara’a and Al-Quneitra.

 

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