TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Syrian President Bashar Assad met representatives of Russia's foreign and defense ministries in Damascus Friday, Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement Saturday.

During the meeting, they discussed the development of situation in Syria and reaffirmed their commitment to the destruction of terrorist presence and advancement towards a long-term political settlement in the interest of all Syrians, Reuters reported.

Syrian troops defeated Daesh late last year and took back all the urban bastions once the terror group had under its control, but the group's remnants have been trying to regroup and have mounted a series of hit-and-run attacks.