Iraq's top diplomat meets with Assad in Damascus, discusses common threats

Iraq's foreign minister has held talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad that focused on threats facing both countries, including the Islamic State group.

Ibrahim al-Jaafari met with Assad during a one-day trip to Damascus on Tuesday. He says they discussed "Syrian and Iraqi issues, and the common dangers that threaten our security."

Al-Jaafari told reporters that he hopes to boost cooperation between Iraq and Syria to defeat those threats. Al-Jaafari also met with his Syrian counterpart, Walid al-Moallem, during his visit.

The Islamic State group has seized large segments of both Syria and Iraq.

The Syrian government also faces a revolt against President Bashar Assad. Damascus calls all groups opposed to Assad "terrorists."