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He was referring to al-Tanf region in southern Homs province, where the Pentagon has a military base. Damascus has not engaged in talks about the south, and any agreement over that region must include the pullout of USA forces, he said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned his government would not allow Iran to maintain a military presence anywhere inside Syria.

As news of the deal between Russian Federation and Israel broke, London-based Asharq Al-Awsat reported that Moscow and Tel Aviv agreed to "limit" Iran's military presence in southwestern Syria.

In May, head of the Syrian government delegation to the Astana peace talks Bashar Jaafari called the USA military presence in al-Tanf and nearby Rukban refugee camp in the south of the country as "pure aggression and occupation".

The Syrian president said his government had "opened doors to negotiation" with US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a predominantly Kurdish group that controls parts of northern Syria.

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French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire compared Washington's action to something out of the old "Wild West". Canada plans to impose tariffs of up to 25% on about $13bn worth of USA exports from 1 July.

Elsewhere, Shamkhani said that Iran considers Syria's security as its own and that "stability in Syria is an achievement for Iran".

Tensions between Washington and Damascus boiled over in April, when USA and allied warplanes launched a series of airstrikes against suspected chemical weapons facilities in Syria.

Mr Assad, who is backed by Russian Federation and Iran, appears militarily unassailable in the war that has killed an estimated half a million people, uprooted around 6 million people in the country, and driven another 5 million overseas as refugees.

Russian Federation and Iran are Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's chief allies in the country's bitter and long-running civil war.

"Unlike the American military forces and the regional reactionaries, the Iranian advisers are present in Syria at the request of the Syrian government and people", Jazayeri told Tasnim. Israel has accused Hezbollah and military advisers from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps of orchestrating a series of cross-border mortar and missile attacks earlier this month against Israeli positions in the Golan Heights.

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In the course of their recent advances in terrorist-held areas, Syrian government forces have discovered considerable amounts of Israeli-made munitions, including chemical warfare, digital equipment and drugs.

Moualem added that that Damascus had communicated with the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces but no negotiation process had started over the fate of their territory in the north and east.

Shamkhani was further asked about a recent agreement between Russian Federation, the U.S. and Jordan on a "safe zone" in southern Syria, and media reports that the deal was aimed at withdrawing Iranian forces from the region bordering Jordan and the occupied Palestinian lands.

But Assad said Iran's presence in Syria has been limited to officers assisting the army.

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