Syrian military chief meets Jordanian counterpart in a rare visit

Syrian Defence Minister and Chief of Staff Ali Ayyoub. — Courtesy:Wiki Commons
Syrian Defence Minister and Chief of Staff Ali Ayyoub. — Courtesy:Wiki Commons

Amman - The army leaders discuss issues such as the fight against terrorism and drug smuggling in the border area



By Reuters

Published: Mon 20 Sep 2021, 2:13 AM

Last updated: Mon 20 Sep 2021, 2:45 AM

Syria’s defence minister visited Jordan on Sunday to discuss stability on their mutual border, the first such meeting since the Syrian conflict erupted a decade ago, officials said.

The meeting comes after Syria’s army reestablished control this month over Deraa, a city south of Damascus, in a Russian brokered deal that averted an all-out military assault.

Jordanian army head Lieutenant-General Yousef Hunaiti met Syrian Defence Minister and Chief of Staff Ali Ayyoub over the Deraa situation and to discuss issues such as the fight against terrorism and drug smuggling in the area, Jordan’s army said.

Deraa was a focus for protests that erupted in 2011 against the rule of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. The military’s move to crush the demonstrations began the spiral into war.

Jordan’s King Abdullah praised Russian President Vladimir Putin on a visit to Moscow in August. Russian forces in Syria helped reverse the tide of Syria’s conflict, enabling government forces to retake swathes of lost territory.

Amman remains concerned about the presence of Iranian-backed forces on its border, echoing concerns in neighbouring Israel, Iran’s arch foe.

Jordanian officials have accused Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement of being behind drugs smuggling in the area. The group has repeatedly denied allegations made by the West and others that it is involved in any such smuggling network.


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