DAMASCUS- President Bashar al-Assad meets Sunday the new Chief of General Staff of the Army and the Armed Forces; Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayyoub.
Syria TV & state official media added that President al-Assad provided Gen. Ayyoub with his directives, wishing him success in his duties.
The President particularly focused in his directives to the new Chief of the General Staff on that the armed forces continue chasing down the terrorists and preserving the security of the citizens and protecting them against terrorist acts, Syria`s state-run news agency SANA added.
Gen. Ayyoub assumed the position of the Chief of the General Staff succeeding Gen. Fahd Jassem al-Freij, who had already been appointed as Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Armed Forces, Minister of Defense.
Earlier on Thursday, President al-Assad met Gen. al-Freij, provided him with his directives and wished him success while assuming his responsibilities.