The Syrian president says he's open to the idea of a coalition against Islamic State but indicates there's little chance of it happening with his enemies. Yiming Woo reports.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says it's unlikely the government will be working with countries that backed the Syrian rebels, in order to fight against Islamic State. The group now controls large areas of Iraq and Syria. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN PRESIDENT BASHAR AL-ASSAD SAYING: "Any alliance, work, procedure, or dialogue that leads to the stopping of the Syrian bloodshed must be a priority for us, and we must work towards it with no hesitation. What concerns us in this subject is the result on the ground, logically it's not possible that states that stood with terrorism would be the states that will fight terrorism. A small possibility remains that these states decided to repent, or realised they were moving in the wrong direction, or maybe for reasons of pure self-interest, they got worried that this terrorism is heading towards their countries, and so they decided to combat terrorism, we have no objection." Governments including Turkey and Saudi Arabia have backed insurgent groups fighting to topple him in Syria's civil war. The idea of a coalition against Islamic State was proposed by his ally Russia. But Saudi Arabia says Assad can't be a partner. Like the United States, it wants to see him gone from power.