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Iran's presence in Syria blocks peace deal, Netanyahu tells Putin

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow yesterday there could never be peace in Syria as long as there was an Iranian presence there.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [Anadolu]

"We discussed at length the matter of Iran, its objectives and intentions in Syria, and I clarified that there cannot be a peace deal in Syria when Iran is there and declares its intention to destroy Israel," Netanyahu said in footage supplied by his office after their meeting.

Iran has backed Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad providing fighters to help him in the country's civil war.

"[Iran] is arming itself and its forces against Israel including from Syria territory and is, in fact, gaining a foothold to continue the fight against Israel," he said in reply to a reporter's question.

"There cannot be peace when they continue the war and therefore they have to be removed."

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