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After US troops' pullout, Israel, Russia to continue coordination in Syria

Israel and Russia have been coordinating their moves in Syria over the past years

IANS  |  Jerusalem 

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FILE PHOTO: Vladimir Putin with Bashar-al-Assad in Syria | Photo Twitter: Syrian Presidency

Israeli and officials have agreed to continue the coordination of their military actions in Syria, the Israeli army said.

The agreement followed a series of meetings between Israeli and officials, held after the mistakenly intercepted a Russian plane during an Israeli airstrike in the war-torn country.

"Today, a series of working meetings between a delegation of senior officers from the and their IDF (Defense Forces) counterparts were concluded," the IDF said in a statement on Thursday, Xinhua reported.

"The delegations reached understandings and agreed to continue their joint work," the statement read.

The Israeli delegation was led by the Head of the Operations Directorate Yaniv Asor and included working groups of senior officers from both armies.

"The meetings were conducted in a good and professional atmosphere, and included promoting and improving the mechanism to prevent friction between the two militaries in the northern arena and the IDF's activities against Iranian entrenchment and the arming of in Syria," according to the

The announcement came as Israeli Prime Minister was escalating his comments against Iran's presence in Syria, warning of Israeli attacks. "I advise them to get out of there (Syria) fast because we will continue our offensive policy as we promised and as we do without fear or pause," he said on Tuesday.

says it is not part of the eight-year war but its military has carried out hundreds of air attacks in recent years against Iranian and positions in Syria, in addition to weapons convoyed for Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite militia.

and have been coordinating their moves in Syria over the past years. But this coordination met difficulties after Syria mistakenly shot down a Russian reconnaissance plane following an Israeli airstrike on September 17, 2018.

The plane's 15 aircrew soldiers were killed and Russia's Defence Ministry said Israel should be held accountable.

has started to provide the with S-300 air defence system in the wake of the incident.

First Published: Fri, January 18 2019. 06:18 IST