Syria has dropped plans to impose visa restrictions on Iraqis who are entering the country to escape the daily violence, the Iraqi prime minister's office said Friday.
'The dialogues held between the prime minister's office and the Syrian brothers led to this decision to exempt Iraqis from getting a visa to enter Syria,' Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki's office said.
On Monday, Syria said it would impose visa restrictions on Iraqis from September 10 in a bid to control the flood of refugees into the country from its war-torn neighbour.
It was also planning to permit only those Iraqis who were from the economic, commercial and scientific sectors to enter Syria.
Since the US-led invasion of March 2003, more than 2.3 million Iraqis have become refugees, with upwards of 1.5 million now in Syria and as many as 750,000 in Jordan.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that the number of Iraqi refugees in Syria is rising by 30,000 a month.
In accordance with its Arab nationalist ideology, the Syria government does not normally impose visa requirements on the citizens of other Arab states.
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