Netanyahu asks Putin to remove Iran from Syria: official

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia July 11, 2018. Reuters

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SULAIMANI — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Russia to work to remove Iranian forces from Syria, an Israeli official said.

Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday (July 11). Their meeting focused on what is going on in Syria and Iran, according to the Israeli prime minister.

An Israeli official, who requested anonymity, said Netanyahu told Putin that Israel did not intend to threaten Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.

“We won’t take action against the Assad regime, and you get the Iranians out,” the official quoted Netanyahu as telling Putin during a meeting in Moscow.

Russia was already working to distance Iranian forces from areas of Syria near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and had proposed that they be kept 80 milometers away but this fell short of Israel’s demand for a full text, the official added.