World Bulletin / News Desk
Jordan's King Abdullah met with Mossad in Amman to discuss Russian military intervention in Syria, according to a report released Friday by the news site Middle East Eye.
The site claims that the report is based on an account that was witnessed by MEE of a January 11 conversation between American Congress members and the Jordanian king during his visit to Washington - the report comes after midair confrontation took place over the southern Syrian border between Russian fighters and Israeli and Jordanian F-16s, Middle East Eye can reveal.
The report did not mention the date of the meeting between Abdullah and the head of Israel's intelligence agency.
The Russian jets were reportedly in the vicinity on a mission to scope out Israeli defenses on the border with neighboring Syria.
"We saw the Russians fly down, but they were met with Israeli and Jordanian F-16s, both together in Israeli and Jordanian airspace," Middle East Eye quoted Abdullah as saying.
According to the report, the incident intiated trilateral deescalation maneuvers between Jordan, Israel and Russia with Israel asking King Jordan to speak requesting him to get in toouch with the Russians. Prior to extending communication to Moscow, Abdullah allegedly met with the Mossad chief in the Jordanian capital.
"We discussed an idea on how to keep the Russians in their place," the king reportedly told the US politicians.
Abdullah said that Jordan and Russia then agreed on a natural border: ”We told Russia that we want to liquidate Nusra," he said in reference to the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria. "Russia asked that we give them their positions to hit them, but we refused so we don't give them a reason to hit the FSA [Free Syria Army] there."
On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise announcement that he was partially withdrawing his forces from Syria.
It is noted that the new Mossad chief Yossi Cohen took office in early January, therefore it was not clear whether he was the Israeli intelligence head present in the reported meeting with the Jordanian king or his predecessor Tamir Pardo.
Israel and Jordan maintain close security ties, and a few months ago aircraft from the air forces of both countries flew together in a joint maneuver held in the United States.