Syrian President Bashar al - Assad stressed on Sunday that the Arab and Muslim world are one arena facing the one and same terrorism that is striking everywhere. That being the case, there is need that all sincere and honest efforts be united to fight terrorism and stop its spread further into the region and the world, said the President, addressing members of the General Secretariat of the Arab and Islamic Gathering for Supporting the Resistance, who are holding a forum in Damascus. He highlighted that what the West wants is for “us to lose our Arab and Islamic identity, and that’s where the importance of the role played by such popular gatherings and organizations in raising awareness and fortifying the Arab public stems from.” He added that such fortifying, especially against the false terms and concepts being promoted, is important inasmuch as the war facing the region is one of intellect in the first place. For their part, the delegation members said that Syria, being targeted as it is, is paying the price for the stand it has taken in support of the resistance and in confronting the Western and Zionist projects in the region. The Syrian people, they added, are fighting this battle on behalf of the rest of the Arab and Muslim people, expressing great confidence in the ability of Syria and its people and army to win against the terrorist attack waged on it. Discussion during the meeting touched upon the latest developments in the Arab and Muslim arena, particularly the situation in Syria.