Assad calls for an end to the presence of illegal foreign forces in Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has urged the removal of the presence of illegal foreign forces in the country, mainly referring to US and Turkish forces.

Assad said during his meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdullahiyan that the war on terrorism would continue until all Syrian territories were liberated, Xinhua news agency reported.

Meanwhile, Assad and Amir Abdullayan discussed the strategic ties between the two countries and joint efforts to promote cooperation in all fields and to advance plans.

Assad’s remarks Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad stressed that the army would move to northwestern Syria where Turkish-backed rebels are located, and northeastern regions where US-backed Kurdish militias are stationed to restore these areas.

The government recently called for the liberation of what remains in rebel-held areas in northern Syria and urged foreign forces who have entered the areas without permission.

During more than 10 years of war in Syria, Iran has emerged as a major regional ally, helping to restore key areas while providing economic support to the Assad administration.

Arriving in Damascus earlier on Saturday, the Iranian foreign minister said that over the past few weeks, Syria and Iran have reached important agreements on achieving comprehensive development in relations in all areas.

He said both sides are taking forward programs to implement cooperation in areas such as economy, trade and tourism.

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