Jordan Fears De-Escalation Zone in Southern Syria Will Collapse

Alexander Falconer | 4 May, 2018

Jordan's Foreign Ministry expressed fears on Thursday regarding the deterioration of the de-escalation agreement in southern Syria.

Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi said during a press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in the Russian city of Sochi that it was necessary to work together "to avoid further deterioration, as it is in no one's interest to see heightened conflict in Syria".

According to the Petra news network, al-Safadi emphasised Jordan's and Moscow's commitment to the de-escalation agreement in south-west Syria, which had been reached via talks between Jordan, the US, and Moscow in Amman. The agreement was considered a step toward a comprehensive ceasefire and political resolution in the country.

Al-Safadi said during the conference that it was necessary "to continue working toward reaching a political solution to the Syrian crisis - through the Geneva process and in accordance with UNSC resolution 2254 - which preserves the unity of the country.

For his part, the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said that "the militants who are violating the peace in south-western Syria are being trained at an American military base in the al-Tanf region, in the al-Rukban refugee camp near the Jordanian border. Lavrov said that "strange things are happening in those areas along the Jordanian-Syrian border which are in contradiction to ceasefire agreements".

Jordan fears a deterioration of the situation in Syria's southern region, which is controlled by tribal militias among the Free Syrian Army. Of particular concern is the presence of Shia militias linked to Iran in areas close to Syria's southern border.

Translated By: Alexander Falconer