World Bulletin / News Desk
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will visit Turkey on September 16 to discuss efforts to bridge the gap between Damascus and Baghdad, media reports said.
He will also attend Iftar banquet to be held by the ruling Development and Justice Party (AKP) in his honor.
Syria and Iraq each summoned their ambassadors from the other country last week after Iraqi authorities demanded that Damascus turn over two Iraqis that they believe are behind last month's attacks in Baghdad.
Assad plans to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss trade relations between the two countries, the official Syrian News Agency reported.
Assad is expected to meet with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to discuss Syria's relationship with Iraq, which was strained by the fallout from the Aug. 19 bombings in Baghdad.
Ankara also plays host to a delegation of Iraqi ministers late this week to prepare for a bilateral conference scheduled for October.