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Syrian-Jordanian summit in Damascus discusses Israeli escalation

On Thursday afternoon (24/6), Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and King Abdullah of Jordan held talks on bilateral relations between the two states and ways of boosting their association in various fields as well as the latest developments in the region.

While official Syrian and Jordanian sources did not explicitly mention the nature of discussions around the central topics of the summit, in an exclusive statement to Quds Press, the Palestinian writer, Hamada Fra'ana, revealed that the summit was held in the context of 'serious' fears over possible Israeli military escalation in the region. Fra'ana stated that: "The summit in Damascus between King Abdullah of Jordan and Syrian President Bashar al-Asad was held with a view to strengthening the position of states on the frontline with Israel." The meeting of the two leaders indicated that there was no rift between so-called 'rejectionists' and 'moderates', as both realized the common threat posed by the Israeli occupation of Arab lands.


Fra'ana made it clear that, "There is a sense of danger due to the unfolding situation on the ground, and there is serious concern about the potential for confrontation in the region should Israel attack the ships bound for Gaza . This may result in a quite a fraught situation that could lead on to Israeli aggression against Lebanon and Syria . Such aggression would aim at achieving two objectives: to test the Iranian position and gauge whether it is willing to fight for Hezbollah and Syria or not, or to drag Iran into the confrontation and a major conflagration in the region."

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