Syrian president "Bashar al-Assad" and Iranian foreign minister "Mohammad Javad Zarif" on Wednesday discussed next week's United Nations conference that aims to resolve Syria's three-year conflict, calling on regional nations to "fight terrorism".
Syrian state news agency "SANA" said Zarif expressed Tehran's support for the Syrian government as it heads to the conference. Zarif's visit comes ahead of the Jan. 22 conference in Montreux, Switzerland.
Al-Assad warned against the dangers of Saudi Arabia's brand of purist Islam, telling SANA that "Wahabi ideology now threatens the whole world, not only regional state", adding "the Syrian people and others in the region now know the dangers of this terrorist ideology and everyone should participate in confronting and eradicating
The agency quoted Zarif as saying that "countries of the region should unite to
Elsewhere in Syria, activists reported violence in different areas including the northwestern province of Idlib, where a local commander of the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was killed by members of a rival opposition militant group.
The Britain-based opposition observatory said the ISIL commander in the town of Saraqeb was a Belgian citizen of Algerian origin and was killed along with another foreign fighter when they were ambushed by a rival militant group.
Hundreds of people have been killed over the past two weeks in fighting between ISIL and other Islamic groups in northern and eastern Syria.
Syrian state TV said Syrian Army killed dozens of terrorists in different areas including Idlib, the southern Daraa governerate and the eastern region of Deir el-Zour that borders Iraq.