"The start and spread of such baseless rumors, which are increasing in number,
represent a futile effort to give legitimacy to the Zionist regime and weaken
the resistance front’s will in its confrontation with Israel,” Secretary of
Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said on Sunday.
Elaph, a Saudi-owned website, claimed in an unconfirmed report late last month that Iran and Israel had engaged in indirect negotiations in Jordan regarding fighting in southwestern Syria.
Elaph sources also claimed that "the talks with the Israelis were related to fighting in Syria and the nearing campaign in southern Syria, particularly in Daraa and Quneitra.”
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi dismissed the reports about the Islamic Republic holding "indirect negotiations” with the Israeli regime over the Syrian conflict, saying such claims are aimed at distracting public opinion from Israeli atrocities.
"This claim is basically wrong and news fabrication,” Qassemi said.
Shamkhani further pointed to the escalation of the Israeli regime’s violence against the oppressed Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and West Bank and said, "This method in recent days, is a passive measure in the face of a defeated plan [aimed] at using Takfiri terrorists in order to create conflict in the Muslim world and to destroy Muslim countries’ resources.”