CAIRO, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Syrian Foreign Minister
Walid al-Moallem said on Wednesday that he reached an agreement with his Iraqi
counterpart Hoshyar Zebari to stop media campaigns between Syria and Iraq, speed
up returning ambassadors and form security committees.
Al-Moallem told a joint press conference with Arab
League (AL) Secretary General Amr Moussa in Arab League headquarters that he
reached this agreement during a quadrilateral meeting included Iraqi Foreign
Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Moussa.
Al-Moallem stressed that during his meeting with
Zebari that the latter did not present any evidence to the recent accusations by
Iraq to Syria, adding that Zebari said that Syria is not accused but there are
some elements in Syria who are against achieving political reconciliation in
Arab foreign ministers held a meeting in Arab League
headquarters on Wednesday in a bid to defuse the recent tension between Iraq and
Syria in addition to discussing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In this regard, the Syrian foreign minister called
for achieving the Arab solidarity, putting an end to differences among the Arab
countries to protect their interests.
Earlier on Wednesday, Al-Moallem said: "We are ready
to solve the crisis with Iraq," describing the tension in relations between the
two countries as "something regrettable that does not serve the interests of
both Syria and Iraq."
He added that his country is keen on the unity and
sovereignty of Iraq, considering security and stability of Iraq part of Syria's
security and stability.
From his part Moussa said that the two parts welcomed
ending the differences in a "regional framework" and they welcomed mediation of
Turkey and the Arab League.
Moussa said that consultations would continue and
there would be another quadrilateral meeting next week in Istanbul then a third
meeting in New York.
Earlier on Wednesday, Moussa expressed his hope that
the recent tension between Syria and Iraq is "summer cloud" that would end soon.
"Arab world at this stage is going through a critical
turning point and a challenge of existence," Moussa said, calling for restoring
the Arab solidarity as the "real guarantee" to protect the Arab interests.
Relations between Iraq and Syria deteriorated after
Baghdad alleged that Damascus is sheltering suspects linked to massive bombings,
targeting government ministries in Baghdad on Aug. 19. Damascus said it wanted
evidence from Baghdad.
The tension between two countries escalated on Aug.
25 when they withdrew their respective ambassadors.
About 18 Arab foreign ministers attended the meeting
in Cairo on Wednesday to tackle series of issues, including Iraqi-Syrian tension
and Israeli-Palestinian conflict.