Syrian foreign minister to visit Baghdad, meet with top officials
Syria's top diplomat will arrive on Saturday to Iraq and is scheduled to meet the country's top officials.
Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad will arrive on Saturday in Iraq to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries, a spokesperson for the Iraqi Foreign Ministry Ahmed al-Sahhaf said in a statement.
Al-Sahhaf noted that al-Miqdad will start his official scheduled program on Sunday.
He pointed out that the visit includes a meeting with Iraq's top officials, including the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, and the head of parliament, in addition to the Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.
"The visit will focus on bilateral relations between Baghdad and Damascus, and Iraq's role in restoring Syria to its seat in the Arab League," the spokesperson said.
The two ministers will also discuss "means of advancing relations to areas of mutual interests of the two neighboring nations."
Iraq played a key role in the return of Syria to the Arab League last month, including initiating diplomatic talks with the league's members and promoting Damascus' return to the international stage.
Baghdad's efforts came despite major US and Western pressure against the rapprochement between Arab states and Syria.
Iraq's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement then after restoring Syria's membership that Baghdad welcomes any efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis, and strongly supports ending it by peaceful means.