Turkish FM says optimistic on Syria-Iraq dispute

Turkish FM Davutoglu met with Syrian President al-Asad in Damascus.

Turkish FM says optimistic on Syria-Iraq dispute

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with Syrian President Bashar al-Asad in Damascus on Monday.

Speaking after the meeting, Davutoglu expressed optimism over a prospect to ease tensions escalated between Iraq and Syria after attacks that targeted the ministries of finance and foreign affairs in Baghdad.

"Syria and Iraq are our neighbors and this is a problem inside the family. We are very optimistic that this problem will be solved. We will we do anything in our power to settle this problem and strengthen relations between brothers," Davutoglu told reporters.

Asked if Turkey made any suggestions over the settlement of the issue Davutoglu said "of course we have made a number of friendly and sincere suggestions which we do not prefer to share with the public for now."

The double attacks of August 19 killed at least 100 people, injuring many more.

Iraq accused two Iraqis living in Syria of playing "direct roles in the execution of the attack."

Baghdad and Syrian governments withdrew their ambassadors from each other's capitals.

Davutoglu also met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki earlier in the day in Baghdad.

Last Mod: 01 Eylül 2009, 09:59
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