Netanyahu tells Putin peace agreement in Syria must include removal of Iran

"There can never be a peace agreement in Syria while Iran continues to call for Israel's destruction, and is arming itself and its allies," Netanyahu said.
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After his meeting with Russia's president Vladimir Putin on Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israel opposes any agreement in Syria that would leave Iran "and its affiliates" with a military presence in the country.

"We discussed the Iranian issue thoroughly, including Iran's declared ambitions in Syria," Netanyahu said. "There can never be a peace agreement in Syria while Iran continues to call for Israel's destruction, and is arming itself and its allies."

On the Palestinian issue, Netanyahu said he clarified to Putin that Mahmoud Abbas "is currently trying to act against us in the international arena" and that Israel is waiting for the Palestinian Authority to change its strategies.

In addition, the two leaders discussed the issue of Israeli soldiers and civilians being held in Gaza. "I asked for Russia's humanitarian aid, and (Putin) promised to give it," Netanyahu said.

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