TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the fate of the Middle East must be determined only by regional nations rather than outsiders.

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“The fate of the region must only be determined by the peoples of the region no matter how big the challenges become,” Assad said during a meeting with Iraqi National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayad in Damascus on Sunday, SANA reported.

The Syrian leader then emphasized that the promotion of bilateral relations between Syria and Iraq will serve the interests of the two brotherly nations, and will help complete annihilation of terrorism.

The Syrian president further emphasized that Damascus and Baghdad must preserve their sovereignty and independence in the face of regional and international developments as well as divisive schemes being hatched by outsiders.

Fayad, for his part, stated that Iraq regards Syria’s might and victory over terrorism as its own, and that any Iraqi military achievement will be in the best interest of Syria’s stability.