Moallem said: "We are exerting all our efforts and understand that Iraq's security is part of our security. We will co-operate and we have specific ideas to discuss with the brothers in Iraq in order to set up this co-operation."
 

"We believe that a timetable for the withdrawal ... will help in reducing violence"

Walid Moallem, Syrian foreign minister
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He also promised to co-operate with the Iraqi authorities as they struggle to control the fighting.
 

 

"Syria renews its condemnation of all acts of terrorism that are occurring in Iraq and are harming the Iraqi people. We call you to cling to your unity," he said.

 

Moallem also countered US and Iraqi complaints about poor control of the long border between Iraq and Syria, saying that Washington was unable to control its border with Mexico and had resorted to constructing a wall.