US welcomes Iraq-Syria talks

WASHINGTON- The United States welcomed Wednesday's talks in Damascus between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, saying they can help bring Baghdad back to the regional fold.
"We are certainly supportive of the dialogue that has occurred today between Syria and Iraq," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.

US welcomes Iraq-Syria talks
"They should have constructive relations so that... each can play an appropriate role... to help reintegrate Iraq into the region," Crowley added.
Maliki met with Assad in Damascus following a year-long row, as the Iraqi leader seeks to win support for his bid to remain in power.
A statement from the Iraqi's office said the two leaders "discussed the improving of relations between the two countries to serve the joint interest and strengthen security and stability in the area."
The Obama administration is engaging diplomatically with Syria, a former foe, in a bid to promote Arab-Israeli peace, distance Damascus from its ally Iran, and to ensure militants do not cross from Syria into Iraq.

Thursday, October 14th 2010

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