Israel, Jordan sign deal to stop Hezbollah’s operations in Syria

Israeli, Jordanian officials announced Tuesday that they have signed an agreement to prevent Hezbollah from operating in Syria, the Palestinian news agency Maan reported.

The agreement follows a joint declaration between Israel and Jordan on Sunday that called for a halt to Hezbollah operations in the region.

The deal follows the death of a senior Hezbollah commander who was killed in a U.S.-led air strike in Syria in December.

Hezbollah has waged a two-year war in Syria against government forces and its Iranian allies.

It is fighting alongside the Syrian government and the Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah movement.

The announcement comes as a senior official in Jordan, Mohammed al-Bilani, met with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and the U.N. Special Envoy for the Middle East peace process to discuss how to prevent the Lebanese group from operating from the Jordanian-Israeli border, Maan said.

Jordan, which is a key partner of the U.”s efforts in the Middle Eastern peace process, has been trying to stem the flow of foreign fighters and weapons to Hezbollah, which has been accused of targeting civilians in the country.

Israel, which was one of the countries that offered financial and military assistance to Lebanon during the 2006-2007 war, has since halted all flights from the country’s airspace to Israel.