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Iraq says it wants better Syrian ties

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Iraq says it wants better Syrian ties
March 2, 2010

Iraq's vice president said in Damascus on Tuesday that his country wanted to improve Syrian-Iraqi relations, which soured following last year's bomb attacks in Baghdad.

In a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Tarek al-Hashemi delivered "a message from the Iraqi government expressing its commitment to developing bilateral relations in all fields," the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.

In turn, Assad said he hoped Iraq's March 7 legislative elections would "return security and agreement among all components of the Iraqi people," the state news agency said.

It said that Hashemi, who arrived Monday, expressed appreciation for "Syrian support for the Iraqi people, especially by accommodating Iraqi refugees on its soil."

Bilateral relations between the two neighbours effectively collapsed last August after the countries withdrew their respective envoys in the wake of massive twin truck bombings in Baghdad, which Iraq says were orchestrated from Syria.

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