Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said Saturday his regime dealt "positively" with all proposals to end the crisis because it was "in its (Syria's) interest" that the world would know the truth amidst "distortion of facts." Al-Assad made these comments during a meeting with visiting Iraqi national security advisor Faleh Al-Fayyadh and MP Ezzat Shahbandar, envoys of Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. The Syrian leader also Al-Assad appreciated "the honest efforts by some Arab countries, especially Iraq to help Syria exist of what it is experiencing."
Al-Fayyadh, in a press statement following the meeting, said the talks with Al-Assad were "positive" and dealt with an Iraqi initiative to address the conflict. "We have explained Iraq's position as to finding peaceful solutions that preserves aspirations of the Syrian people for a democratic change away from foreign intervention and sectarian sedition," he said.
According to Al-Fayyadh, they will travel to Cairo to follow up the discussions they held in Damascus with the Arab League officials. The Iraqi Prime Minister said on Thursday that he will send a delegation to Syria to put forward an Iraqi initiative to launch dialogue between the Syrian leadership and opposition.