Syria to attend Geneva peace talks
A H A Syrias foreign minister said yesterday that his government will take part in a peace conference in Geneva, terming it a good opportunity for a political solution to the civil war in Syria.
Walid Muallem also praised an Iraqi army operation against Sunni militants near the border with Syria, during a surprise visit to Baghdad that came as Iraqi authorities searched a Syria-bound aircraft.
He said during a news conference in Baghdad that he had told his counterpart Hoshyar ebari and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki of the decision to attend the planned Geneva talks in June.
President Bashar al-Assads administration had agreed in principle to participate in the international conference which is supposed to be convened in Geneva, Muallem said.
We think... that the international conference represents a good opportunity for a political solution to the crisis in Syria.
And he praised a massive Iraqi army operation against Sunni militants in the countrys west.
We are (pleased) with the steps taken by the Iraqi army in fighting al-Qaeda members. This is an Iraqi-Syrian issue, because those (militants) who are in Syria are connected to those who are in Iraq, Muallem said.
He added that both Iraq and Syria agreed that Iraq cannot be in the camp of enemies of Syria . A P