October 22, 2019 / 8:23 PM / a month ago

Assad says Syria will continue to fight terrorism by all legitimate means: Syrian presidency

Syrian President Bashar al Assad visits Syrian army troops in war-torn northwestern Idlib province, Syria, in this handout released by SANA on October 22, 2019. SANA/Handout via REUTERS

CAIRO (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in northern Syria in a phone call on Tuesday with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian presidency said in a statement.

Putin told Assad that any agreement between Turkey and Russia will focus on fighting all kinds of terrorism and dismantle any separatist agendas on the Syrian land.

Assad also reassured Putin his complete refusal of any invasion of Syrian land under any pretext, adding that Syria will continue to fight terrorism on Syrian land by all legitimate means.

Reporting by Hesham Abdul Khalek; Editing by Leslie Adler

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