Syrian FM arrives in Iraq for talks

Muallim’s talks will focus on Syrian conflict and anti-ISIL war

Syrian FM arrives in Iraq for talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallim arrived in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday for an official visit. 

Muallim will hold talks with Iraqi officials, including Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and President Fuad Masum, a source in the Iraqi Defense Ministry told Anadolu Agency. 

Muallim’s talks will focus on the Syrian conflict and the war against the extremist ISIL group, the source said. 

According to the source, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari had earlier received a message from Syrian ambassador Stam Jad'aan about Muallim’s desire to visit Baghdad. 

Iraq still maintains diplomatic relations with the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. 

In 2013, Muallim visited Baghdad for talks with Iraqi officials regarding the conflict in Syria. 

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down pro-democracy protests – which erupted as part of the "Arab Spring" uprisings – with unexpected ferocity. 

Since then, more than a quarter-million people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced across the war-battered country, according to the UN. 

The Syrian Center for Policy Research, however, put the death toll from the six-year conflict at more than 470,000 people.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Ağustos 2016, 16:18