Iraq to send delegation to Turkey with 'evidence' against Syria
Iraq said it will send a delegation to Turkey with evidence backing its allegations that Baghdad bombers based in Syria.
Iraq said it will send a delegation to Turkey on Tuesday with evidence backing its allegations that Baghdad bombers based in Syria.
Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said that the evidence includes confessions, communications, financing and logistic support by people living in Syria, confirming the trip to Ankara.
Turkey has been acting as a peacebroker in a crisis sparked by Iraq and Syria's tit-for-tit recall of envoys last month, six days after the attacks in Baghdad.
A series of coordinated bomb attacks on targets including government buildings in Baghdad on August 19 --killing over hundred people and injuring hundreds more-- strained Syria's improved relations with Iraq which blamed Syria for the bombings.
Iraq withdrew its ambassador from Syria, which was immediately reciprocated by the latter. Iraq holds responsible for the attacks the members of the Baathist alliance. It claims that Syria is harbouring Baathists and demands Syria to drive them out of its territory and hand over those responsible for the recent bombings.
However, Syrian MFA denied accusations during Wednesday's press briefing saying that Syria condemned the attacks shortly after they occurred. Syrian officials argued that it was one of the first countries to open an Embassy in Iraq arguing that it sought good neighbourly relations with Iraq.
Syria's Ambassador in Ankara Nidal Kabalan said that al-Asad will come to Istanbul on Wednesday with a large delegation.
The two leaders will discuss bilateral relations, the Middle East peace process and other regional issues. Asad's visit to Turkey will be part of consultations between Turkey and Syria, Kabalan said.
Asked if the topic of recent tension between Syria and Iraq will come up during Asad's talks with Erdogan, Kabalan said that the issue will get discussed by the two leaders.
Agencies Last Mod: 15 Eylül 2009, 08:51