Battle against terrorism in Idlib is priority for Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday that the battle against terrorism in Idlib Province is a priority for the Syrian government, state news agency SANA reported.

Assad made the remarks during his meeting with visiting Ali Asghar Khaji, an official in the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

The Syrian president said the battle in Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in the country, aims to eliminate terrorism.

For his part, Khaji highlighted Iran’s constant readiness to support what is in the interest of the Syrian people.

Idlib has emerged as the main destination of the rebel groups which have evacuated several positions across Syria after surrendering to the Syrian army.

The province is now considered the last major bastion for rebels in Syria.

Certain parts of Idlib are included in a de-escalation zone deal brokered by Russia and Turkey which backs the rebels.

However, such deals exclude the ultra-radical rebels who are affiliated with the al-Qaida and designated as terrorists by the United Nations.