Iraq to help in solving Syrian crisis

July 11th, 2012 - 2:44 am ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, July 11 (IANS) Iraq has expressed its willingness to help in solving the Syrian crisis.

On Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki mentioned his country’s readiness to help in Syrian crisis following a meeting with the visiting UN-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan, Xinhua reported.

Annan arrived Tuesday in Baghdad on a blitz tour covering Syria and Iran.

Maliki, in a statement issued by his office, confirmed his support for the UN envoy to find a solution to the prevailing crisis in Syria.

“Although the situation is difficult, we must make efforts to stop the killing and to find a political solution to achieve the legitimate goals of the Syrian people,” he said in the statement.

Maliki called on Syria’s neighbouring countries to take the highest degree of responsibility in dealing with the situation in the crisis while stressing on the need to focus all efforts to stop the killings and bloodshed.

He expressed the fear of growing extremism due to the escalating violence and murder, saying: “We must work to contain the fire and put them out instead of pouring oil on it.”

Maliki said any change that comes through dialogue would be helpful and called for stopping the foreign interventions, saying: “The Syrian people is the one who pays the price.”

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