Russia has sent military reinforcements to eastern Ghouta near Damascus and southwest Syria to support the de-escalation zones in order to enforce the Syrian military’s declaration of a ceasefire on Saturday.
King Abdullah of Jordan met with senior White House officials last week and discussed the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the regional fight against terrorism, the situation in Syria and Iraq and ways to combat the feud between the Sunni countries in the Gulf.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated that the July 4-5 international Astana talks are expected to address the formation of a national reconciliation committee in Syria.
The border lines in two de-escalation zone have been defined, Israel and Jordan have no place in Syria peace talks.
Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu underlined the presence of constructive coordination with Israel to reduce tensions in south Syria, stressing that the priority was to draft a new Syrian constitution during the upcoming Astana meetings.
Russia and the United States continue contacts on Syrian issue on a 24-hour basis, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on May 24.
The U.S. military and Russia have stepped up their communication about operations over Syria to include dialogue between U.S. and Russian generals in the Middle East, said the top Air Force general in the region.
Russia expects to consolidate provisions on security corridors at the established de-escalation zones in Syria in Astana next month, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.
Despite the “promising” steps in Syria that followed diplomatic talks in the Kazak capital, Astana – a nationwide ceasefire announced last December, and the de-escalation zones created inside Syria to deepen that effort – a United Nations envoy today warned of ongoing hostilities between the Government and armed opposition groups in several areas, such as Hama, Homs, and Damascus.