|Iraq urges 'quick' action on Syria||
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called for “quick” action on the Syrian crisis, vowing support for the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria for finding a political solution to end the conflict in the crisis-stricken country.
The Iraqi premier made the remarks in a meeting with visiting UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in the capital, Baghdad on Monday.
“The prime minister warned of continuing conflict in Syria, and called for quick movement in order to maintain the lives of the Syrian brothers, and also to maintain the security and stability of the region,” Maliki's office said in a statement.
Brahimi arrived in Iraq on Monday after visits to Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran, where he held negotiations with the respective authorities of the countries in order to find solution to the Syrian conflict.
“Iraq backs all the efforts of the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria for the sake of reaching a political solution for the worsening crisis in Syria,” the statement quoted Maliki as saying.
“The two sides agreed on several steps that can form a road map for a way out of the crisis as soon as possible,” it added.
Meanwhile, in a press conference, the Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari highlighted Baghdad’s concern about the situation in Syria and warned of the consequences of the continuation of the violence in the country.
Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil that began in Syria in March 2011.
Damascus says ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists’ are behind the unrest while the West and the opposition accuse the security forces of killing protesters.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals, mostly from Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan.
(Source: Press TV)
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