RGJ.com

Powered by you and RGJ.com

Sep 14, 12:39 AM EDT

Jordan's King Abdullah II says his country's border with Syria will only reopen when security situation improves


Documents
Indictment of Monzer al-Kassar
Latest Syria News
U.S.-backed forces in Syria say the battle for the Islamic State group's de-facto capital, Raqqa, has reached its "final stages" with the opening of a new front

Israeli military says it downed Hezbollah spy drone that approached Golan Heights airspace

The spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition says their allies on the ground in Syria are keeping "open lines" of communication with President Bashar Assad's forces to avoid frictions between them as both wage offensives against the Islamic State group

A Russian military spokesman is denying claims that a Russian airstrike wounded six fighters from a U.S.-backed opposition force in Syria

The U.N.'s World Food Program is halting its air drops to Deir El Zour after five of its trucks were able to reach the city with food relief

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan's King Abdullah II says he is "deeply concerned" with the situation in southern Syria and that his country's border with Syria would only reopen "when the right security conditions materialize on the ground."

The monarch told the state news agency Petra in an interview published Thursday that the military campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria "could push it south toward Jordan" and that Jordan's top priority is to protect its border.

The king also says that a cease-fire for southwest Syria, brokered in July by Jordan, Russia and the U.S., could be replicated elsewhere in Syria.

Russia proposes creating "de-escalation zones" in several areas of Syria. Russia's foreign minister met with Abdullah in Jordan this week to discuss the requirements for such a zone in southern Syria.

© 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

>