Syrian President Bashar Assad has confirmed recent communications with the French government, saying security officials from France initiated contact with them, requesting a meeting.
“We don’t have anything to ask from French intelligence. We have all the information about the terrorists,” added Assad, during a high-profile interview with France 2 television.
The Syrian government has for the most part not had contact with the US-led coalition in the ISIS war, relying instead on the Iraqi government to transmit messages back and forth.
During the interview, Assad was critical of the coalition’s involvement in the war, saying the coalition wasn’t serious about defeating ISIS and was carrying out onl a handful of airstrikes on any given day.