Egypt FM says Turkish efforts help ease Syrian-Iraqi tension
Published: Sep 03, 2009 09:21 AM Updated: May 25, 2011 12:58 PM

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said on Wednesday that the Turkish efforts would help reduce the tension in relations between Syria and Iraq after recent bombings in Baghdad.

Abul Gheit told a press conference after meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu the relations between Syria and Iraq are very important, adding that the Turkish efforts along with Egypt's efforts would help both sides control the situation.

He also stressed that Egypt welcomes any Turkish effort in the Middle East as Turkey is a part of this region and any effort exerted by Turkey would be welcomed by Egypt.

The two foreign ministers discussed a wide range of issues including Lebanon and the latest developments of peace efforts between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Earlier on Monday, Turkey started its mediation attempt as it tries to ease the recently erupted tension between Iraq and Syria over insurgency bombings in Iraq.

Davutoglu arrived in Baghdad the same day on an official visit aimed to defuse tensions between Iraq and Syria after Baghdad's allegations that Damascus was harboring insurgents responsible for truck bombings in Baghdad.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday made clear its position on Syria-Iraq crisis, highlighting Syria is keen on the security and stability of Iraq. 

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