Assad reaffirms counter-terrorism efforts

Damascus, Sep 24 (IANS) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Tuesday reiterated that his administration was moving forward in battling terrorism in the region.

The president made the remarks during his meeting with the visiting Iraqi National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayad, in which Assad said his country “was with any international effort that aims at fighting terror”, Xinhua reported citing state-run SANA news agency.

Assad stressed that the success of the anti-terror efforts does not only rely on the military actions, but on the commitment to the related international resolutions, in reference to the recent UN Security Council resolution on confronting the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group and Al Qaida-linked Nusra Front in Iraq and Syria.

During the meeting, both sides highlighted the importance of the cooperation and coordination between Iraq and Syria in the face of terrorist groups and the positive repercussions of such cooperation on both countries and the region as a whole.

The president’s remarks came hours after the United States and its partners began striking IS targets in Syria with a mix of fighters, bombers and Tomahawk missiles before daybreak Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have reportedly participated in the airstrikes. The Syrian government said it was informed about the strike ahead of its occurrence.

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