Syrian TV: Iraqi official meets Syria's Assad on Islamic State

September 16, 2014 18:18

BEIRUT - Iraq's national security adviser briefed Syrian President Bashar Assad on efforts to counter Islamic State on Tuesday, Syrian state media reported, the first such meeting since the United States launched air strikes on the radical group in Iraq.

The United States and other Western governments have dismissed the idea of cooperating with Syria in the fight against Islamic State, which has seized large areas of both Iraq and Syria. Western governments see Assad as part of the problem and say he must leave power.

Faleh al-Fayad, the Iraqi official, "put Assad in the picture of the latest developments in Iraq and the efforts that the Iraqi government and people are making to combat the terrorists", the Syrian state news agency SANA reported.

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