Syrian media says President Bashar Assad told a visiting Russian delegation that eradicating "terrorist" groups in Syria will lead to the political solution that Damascus and Moscow are seeking.

Assad's comments were reported Sunday by state media. The brief comments were made during a meeting between Assad and a Russian parliamentary delegation in Damascus.

The top diplomats from Russia, the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Turkey are discussing new ideas to revive a failed political transition in Syria to end the war, now in its fifth year. The push follows a Russian military intervention in Syria, targeting with airstrikes what Moscow and Damascus call "terrorists."

Assad told the delegation the new Russian role is "the writing of a new history" and will determine the future of the region and the world.