Fight against terrorists in Syria must proceed in cooperation with Damascus - Lavrov

The terrorists in Syria can only be countered in cooperation with the Syrian government, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The terrorists in Syria can only be countered in cooperation with the Syrian government, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"The struggle against terrorists in Syria must proceed in cooperation with the Syrian government, which has clearly declared readiness for it," he told the UN General Assembly.

He said that the key task of the world community is "to firmly resist terrorists trying to assume control over ever vaster territories in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, the Sahara-Sahel zone."

"If so, this objective cannot be sacrificed to ideological patterns or attempts to settle personal accounts. Terrorists whatever slogans they may be using must remain outlaws," the minister said.

"The terrorist threat requires a comprehensive approach, if we want to eradicate its causes instead of being doomed to react to the symptoms. ISIS is only part of the problem," Lavrov said.

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