Syria calls regional meet on Iraq

Syria has called a two-day meeting of Iraq's neighbours to discuss the escalating violence in the occupied country.

    Iraq's occupation is a major concern for Syria

    But a senior Arab official said Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan could boycott the Damascus meeting scheduled to begin on Saturday if Iraq itself does not take part.

    "A few of us, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, don’t see the logic of a meeting without Iraq, especially since it was called for by Syria to discuss Iraq," the official said on grounds of anonymity.

    He however added that Syria was considering inviting Iraq after the Damascus meeting.

    Iraqi interim foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari meanwhile has left Baghdad on Friday to take part in the meeting in Damascus.

    A Syrian foreign ministry spokeswoman confirmed that an invitation had been sent to Zebari, "but the participants at the meeting will debate his participation on Saturday."

    Iraqi appeal

    The Iraqi interim foreign minister is said to be carrying a message from the Governing Council "which asks neighbours to help Iraq overcome terrorist operations."

    Those invited to attend the meeting are Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and Kuwait.

    "It is only natural that the meeting should address the difficulties of the Iraqi people and try to find the means to put an end to the occupation," a Syrian foreign ministry spokesman said.

    A key issue at the Damascus meeting will be the propriety of contributing troops to a stabilization force in Iraq.

    Under US pressure, only Turkey has so far agreed to send troops, although no action has been taken on the ground.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.