Assad says Syrians will never accept extremist mentalities

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Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad met with a delegation of Anglican Church clergymen in Damascus on Saturday, saying that Syrian society will never accept extremist mentalities such as the "wahabi and takfiri".

Assad warned that such radical mentalities threatened not only Syria but also all of the region's countries, official Syrian SANA news agency said.

The Anglican Church delegation included clergymen from USA, Sweden, Switzerland, Lebanon and Syria, headed by Amgad Beblawi, Mission Co-ordinator for the Middle East at the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.

During the meeting, Assad was reported to have said that one of the main problems regarding the Western, and particularly the U.S., approach in dealing with the region's issues was that most of their leaders were far from comprehending the reality and nature of the region and the interests of its peoples.

Russian agency Interfax reported on Sunday that during a separate meeting, with the visiting Russian parli