Syria praises Turkey-Iran mediation, denies Iraqi charges

Syria said Wednesday that it was pleased with Turkey and Iran's mediation in row with Iraq over the recent bombings in Baghdad.

Syria praises Turkey-Iran mediation, denies Iraqi charges

Syria said Wednesday that it was pleased with Turkey and Iran's mediation in row with Iraq over the recent bombings in Baghdad.

At a press briefing on Syrian-Iraqi dispute, Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs praised the recent visits by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Iraqi Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki.

Syrian MFA told reporters that the evidence put forth by the Iraqi government which was delivered to them by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was not related with the recent bombings, but was rather about a past dispute.

A series of coordinated bomb attacks on targets including government buildings in Baghdad on August 19 --killing over hundred people and injuring hundreds more-- strained Syria's improved relations with Iraq which blamed Syria for the bombings.

Iraq withdrew its ambassador from Syria, which was immediately reciprocated by the latter. Iraq holds responsible for the attacks the members of the Baathist alliance. It claims that Syria is harbouring Baathists and demands Syria to drive them out of its territory and hand over those responsible for the recent bombings.

However, Syrian MFA denied accusations during Wednesday's press briefing saying that Syria condemned the attacks shortly after they occurred. Syrian officials argued that it was one of the first countries to open an Embassy in Iraq arguing that it sought good neighbourly relations with Iraq.

Syrian MFA said the violent bombings were being exploited for demanding expatriation of the Iraqi government's opponents taking refuge in Syria which were excluded from Iraq's political arena by the Al-Maliki administration.


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