Turkey says to keep efforts to ease Iraq, Syria tensions

The recent tension between Iraq and Syria was discussed in a meeting hosted by Turkish FM Davutoglu.

Turkey says to keep efforts to ease Iraq, Syria tensions

The recent tension between Iraq and Syria was discussed in a meeting hosted by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in New York on Friday.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Mahmud Zebari, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mualem, and Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa attended the meeting hosted by Davutoglu at the Turkish House (Turkevi) in New York.

Speaking to reporters following their meeting at the Turkevi, Davutoglu said that Turkey pays high attention to relations between Iraq and Syria.

Turkey views relations between Iraq and Syria as the most crucial strategic relationship in the region, Davutoglu noted.

We will continue to work so that an atmosphere of confidence is established between Iraq and Syria, Davutoglu stressed.

Reminding that he went to Baghdad and Damascus and later met with the Iraqi and Syrian ministers in Cairo and Istanbul, Davutoglu said that they went over what could be done in the meeting today (Friday) in New York.

We are making efforts so that the tension between Iraq and Syria does not escalate and gets solved among brothers. Similar meetings, like the one we had today, are crucial in establishing a climate of mutual confidence, Davutoglu said.

Iraq and Syria are Turkey's strategic neighbors. Turkey has excellent relations with the two countries. Relations between Iraq and Syria are important for Turkey, the region and the Arabic world. We had a good meeting today, Davutoglu also said.

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