DAMASCUS, Dec 17 (KUNA) -- Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said Saturday
his country dealt "positively" with all proposals to ending the conflict
becuase it was "in its (Syria's) interest" that the world knew the truth
amidst "distortion of facts."
Al-Assad made the remarks during a meeting with visiting Iraqi national
security advisor Faleh Al-Fayyadh and MP Ezzat Shahbandar, envoys of Prime
Minister Nouri Al-Maliki.
Both sides discussed developments in Syria in specific and the region in
general, state media reported.
Al-Assad appreciated "the honest efforts by some Arab countries specially
Iraq to helping Syria exist of what it is experiencing."
Al-Fayyadh, in a press statement following the meeting, said the talks with
Al-Assad were "positive" and dealt with an Iraqi initiative to address the
"We have explained Iraq's position as to finding peaceful solutions that
preserves aspirations of the Syrian people for a democratic change away from
foreign intervention and sectarian sedition," he said.
Al-Fayyadh said they would travel to Cairo to follow up the discussions
they held in Damascus with the Arab League officials.
Iraq abstained on an Arab League resolution that imposed economic sanctions
on the Syrian regime as well as suspending Damascus membership.
Al-Maliki, in a statement two days ago, said his envoys would be visiting
Syria to offer the initiative that aimed at opening dialogue between the
government and opposition.
Syria has been witnessing wide-scale protests calling for reforms, freedom
and regime change. (end)
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