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Arab world concerned by Syria-Iraq tensions

Last Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 13:51

Cairo: Ahead of the upcoming Arab League Council session, a tripartite meeting between top officials of Syria, Iraq and the Arab League has been held to ease tensions between Damascus and Baghdad, following a series of bombings blamed on Syria-based operatives.
The meeting was mediated by the Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa who stressed the importance of good relations between Baghdad and Damascus. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem and his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari also attended the meeting.

Moussa made it clear that the League was very keen on containing the situation between the two sisterly countries and it will spare no effort to attain this goal.

"The league will maintain its good offices in coordination with all parties concerned, mainly the Turkish mediation, in order to contain this crisis," he said.

The tensions between the two countries erupted after Baghdad accused Damascus of funding and training the perpetrators of a series of deadly bomb attacks, which occurred last month leaving almost thousand civilians dead and injured.

Iraq alleged that the reigning Baath Party in Syria, which was ruling Iraq before the US-led invasion, is behind last month`s attack.

Another meeting will be held shortly among the Arab Foreign Ministers which will also include Moussa, and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 13:51
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