The SAR Foreign Minister had previously been in Baghdad to meet with senior Iraqi officials.
Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad Meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein While in Baghdad
According to the Middle East media, the main topics of the meeting were the provision of humanitarian aid and the fight against drug trafficking. The parties also discussed the return of refugees who left Syria after the start of the civil war in 2011 and settled in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
Fuad Hossein said his country currently accepts about 250,000 Syrians, predominantly living in Iraqi Kurdistan territory. It also announced plans to deliver a cargo of essential goods to Syria for people affected by a series of severe earthquakes in February of this year.
In response, Faisal Mikdad thanked Baghdad for its solidarity on the backdrop of the latest disaster. It also welcomed the strengthening of bilateral relations between states. The diplomat stressed Damascus’ intention to continue cooperating with its neighbor in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking.
The Syrian Foreign Minister is also expected to meet with the Iraqi Prime Minister. Mohammed Shia al-Sudani and the president of the country Abdul Latif Rashid.
Faisal Mikdad’s visit came a few weeks after Damascus was reinstated in the Arab League (LAS). As a Syrian diplomat stated at a joint press conference, Iraq was one of the initiators of his country’s return to the organization.
Syria was expelled from the Arab League at the outbreak of war in 2011. However, Baghdad, which abstained from the vote, refused to cut ties with Damascus and maintained allied ties with Damascus throughout the conflict, despite the strong US influence over Iraq. Neighboring countries, in particular, cooperated in the fight against the “Islamic State” (IS, banned in the Russian Federation), whose militants seized vast territories of the two states in the mid-2010s.
Against the backdrop of the strengthening of Damascus’s positions, its former opponents gradually moved towards normalizing ties. As a result, on 7 May, the League of Arab States unanimously supported the re-establishment of Syria’s membership. In many ways, the diplomatic process accelerated against the backdrop of the devastating devastation left by the earthquakes: most countries of the Middle East were, to some degree, involved in providing humanitarian aid to the republic.
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