Iran's military chief discussed ways to deepen cooperation with the Syrian military during a visit to Damascus on Wednesday, pledging to fight Israel and Sunni insurgents, Syrian state media said.
"It is not acceptable for the Zionist regime to violate Syria anytime it wants," Baqeri said during a visit to Damascus, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.
"We are in Damascus to assert and coordinate and cooperate to confront our common enemies, the Zionists and terrorists," Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri said, referring to Israel and Sunni militants including Islamic State. "We drew up the broad lines for this cooperation."
On Monday, Israel notified the Russian operations center in Syria that it would attack a Syrian SA-5 anti-aircraft missile battery. The attack was in response to a missile fired by the Syrian battery on Israel Air Force planes carrying out a reconnaissance run in Lebanese airspace.
On Sunday the commander of Iran's Quds force, Qassem Soleimani, visited the disputed city of Kirkuk.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the Iran nuclear program, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.
In a phone call, held on the initiative of the Israeli side, the two leaders also discussed the situation in Syria and the referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan, the Kremlin said in a statement.
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