Turkey says just helping brothers Iraq, Syria not mediating

Turkish FM Davutoglu who is visiting Iraq described Turkey's efforts to mend the Iraq-Syria relations not as mediation but rather as helping two brothers.

Turkey says just helping brothers Iraq, Syria not mediating

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu who is visiting Iraq described Turkey's efforts to mend the Iraq-Syria relations -strained after the recent bombings in Baghdad- not as mediation but rather as helping two brothers resolve differences.

Davutoglu, who is set to visit Syria after Iraq, said Monday that he would deliver the documents and evidences on the recent attacks provided by Iraqi authorities to Syrian officials, at a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari.

Davutoglu who offered condolences to Iraqi authorities for their losses said the injured Iraqi citizens hospitalised in Turkish hospitals were in good medical condition.

"We had an extensive meeting with Mr. Maliki and his ministers, and learned the views of the Iraq side. What we are doing is not mediation; because mediation is done between two (opposing) sides. We are brothers and friends, and there can be no such thing as mediation between friends and brothers; they rather just help each other.

That's what we are doing: just helping. I will deliver the information I received from the Iraqi side to Syrian President Bashar al-Asad and Foreign Minister Walid Mualem," said Davutoglu.

Referring to the High Council of Strategic Cooperation between Turkey and Iraq Davutoglu said they wanted to establish a similar council with Syria.

In his part, Zebari said Turkey extended its friendly support to Iraq at a critical time, underlining that Turkey was the first country to offer help after the attacks on August 19.

Zebari said he told Davutoglu that relations with Syria was not on the verge of breaking, adding that their position against Syria did not change.

"There are some individuals which the Iraqi government and courts demand Syria to extradite, this demand still stands. Also we want activities harming Iraq to be halted. We did not call back our ambassadors reciprocally. We just summoned them in order to consult them," said Zebari.

Zebari said it was not the Syrian state or the government they were accusing, but only certain reknown individuals in the Syrian administration underlining that a front between Syria and Iraq would harm both countries.

"We are not accusing Syria, but rather we are accusing the Iraqis living in Syria," said Zebari.

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