Syria to at­tend Geneva peace talks

Viet Nam News - - World -

A H A — Syria’s 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-As­sad’s 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 coun­try’s 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

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