Syrian President Bashar Assad urged states fighting terrorism to share intelligence, Syrian state media reported on Wednesday, saying European policies were responsible for attacks by Islamist gunmen in France last week.
Condemning the Paris attacks, Assad accused Western policymakers of being short sighted - criticism of their policy of support for the 2011 Syrian uprising that descended into an insurgency dominated by hardline Islamist militants.Around a third of Syria is now held by Islamic State, which shares the hardline Sunni Islamist vision of the gunmen who mounted last week's attacks in France.
Western states including France have rejected past offers from the Syrian government to be part of the fight against the Islamic State group that has been targeted by US-led air strikes in Syria since September.
"There should be ... an exchange of information between the countries concerned with fighting terrorism," Assad said in excerpts of an interview with a Czech monthly magazine published by Syrian state media.
The Syrian government sees all armed opposition factions as terrorist groups. Assad said his country had been suffering from terrorism for four years. "We feel sympathy with the families of those victims," he said, referring to the attacks in France.