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A selection of media reports from the Arab press relating to Israel and the Middle East.
While Iranian-backed forces will be banned from operating near the border, Tehran will still have a free hand to build-up military infrastructure outside the "buffer zone."
This year's World Cup comes amid heightened global tensions, especially in the MENA region, where political, security and economic instability are par for the course.
On Thursday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman made a lightning quick trip to Russia to discuss an expanded deal for the ouster of Iran from southern Syria.
As Assad threatens the US, and Russia and Israel discuss Iran, the country’s smoldering conflicts are the calmest in seven years.
The defense minister's meeting was followed by a telephone conversation between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“We do not have Iranian troops. We never had,” Assad told Russia Today in a half-an-hour interview on wide array of issues involving his country posted on its web site.
Prior to Liberman’s visit, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on non-Syrian forces to withdraw the country’s southern border as soon as possible.
"The stay of Syrians in Lebanon will not go on for a long time. There is intensive work by the political authority."
The report comes after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced Monday that the Syrian army should be the only force on the southern border of the country.
He spoke at a public event in Tel Aviv hours before Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman was scheduled to fly to Moscow to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoygu.
Manbij has been seen as a potential flashpoint. The Syrian government and its allies, Kurdish-led militia, Syrian rebel groups, Turkey, and the United States all have a military presence in north
Free Burma Rangers bring aid to liberated parts of Syria
The United States warned on Saturday it would take "firm and appropriate measures" in response to any violations of the ceasefire in that area.
Part of Block 9 contains waters disputed with neighboring Israel but the consortium has said it has no plans to drill in the disputed area.
Russia said on Monday only Syrian army troops should be on the country's southern border with Jordan and Israel, after Washington warned of "firm measures" over truce violations in the region.
Southern Syria as a sand box for regional and international powers
The report says Jerusalem and Moscow agreed to allow Israel to maintain its ability to act against Iran's expansion in Syria.
Lebanon was plunged into crisis in November when Hariri resigned as prime minister while in Saudi Arabia, saying he feared assassination.
His European tour follows the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal which the European signatories, France, Germany and Britain, have said they will stick to.