Over 1.7 mln Syrian refugees to return home soon: Russian ministry


The U.S. president on July 19 said on Twitter that he was looking forward to a second meeting with Putin to implement "some of the many things discussed, including.security for Israel", although no details were announced.

Netanyahu held talks with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on July 11 amid Israeli concern that Assad, an old adversary, might defy a 1974 demilitarisation deal on the Golan or allow his Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah allies to deploy there.

"Iran is not a country you can push", he said in an interview with Russia's Kommersant daily, adding that exerting pressure on Iran is entirely unconstructive and that Moscow by no means agrees to Washington's unilateral sanctions against Tehran. He also hoped that already agreed deals within the framework of the JCPOA will serve as the basis for further action. Nevertheless, Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said last week, "Iran is prepared to leave Syria immediately, if Damascus asks". At the same time, he said that Israeli-Russian talks provided an opportunity to enhance security and the level of trust in the Middle East.

Iravani appreciated Russia's abidance by and support for the JCPOA as well as its non-stop efforts to [help] fulfil the commitments undertaken by other signatories to this global agreement.

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Netanyahu said they were to discuss regional developments with "the situation in Syria being first and foremost".

"The recent achievements are a key step toward promoting the political process within the framework of the negotiations in Astana and Sochi", he said.

The militia, although it was Iraqi, was in Syria supporting the Syrian regime as part of the IRGC's support for Bashar Assad.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran attaches special importance to a political solution through strengthening a Syrian-Syrian dialogue, and supports the efforts made in this regard", local news outlets cited Irvani, as saying.