Syrian FM in Iran, says Iraq wants “political solution”; Assad to visit Tehran soon
Iraq wants a "political solution" to its standoff with the United States over its suspected weapons of mass destruction, Syrian Foreign Minister Faruq Shara said in Tehran Saturday.
"Iraq wants a political solution to the current crisis in the region and does not want war," Shara told reporters after he was welcomed at the airport by his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharazi, according to AFP.
"Iran and Syria are pursuing the same target, to avoid a disastrous war in the region," Shara added.
The Syrian Foreign Minister repeated that Damascus would host a regional meeting of foreign ministers aimed at preventing a war, however did not specify a date or name the countries invited.
He said the efforts of Syria were compatible with those of Turkey, although Ankara had issued invitations for a regional meeting on the same issue.
Moreover, Shara said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would visit Tehran "at the end of the month or early next month," after the cancellation of a trip initially planned a couple of days ago. He said the cancellation was the result of bad coordination.
He said that he is carrying a message from the Syrian president for the leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei as well as President Mohammad Khatami. He added he would also hold dissuasions with his Iranian peer, Kamal Kharrazi on the regional developments. (Albawaba.com)