IRANIAN OFFICIAL IN BAGHDAD TO DISCUSS SYRIA WITH IRAQI OFFICIALS
Last Updated: 2012-08-08
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TEHRAN, Aug 8 (NNN-FNA) -- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili has arrived in Baghdad to meet and confer with Iraqi officials on different regional issues, specially the Syrian problem.

Jalili told reporters on arrival at the Baghdad airport Wednesday that his visit is aimed at discussing the recent regional developments and finding solutions to the most pressing issues in the region, particularly the Syrian unrests.

"These (regional) developments necessitate consultations with those countries with which we have a common viewpoint and strategic relations," he said.

The Islamic Republic is a powerful country which has an active presence in the region and its potential should be used in resolving the regional issues, Jalili added.

Jalili had earlier visited Beirut and Damascus during which he discussed the latest regional developments with the Lebanese and Syrian officials.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March last year with organised attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Bashar al-Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria.

-- NNN-FNA