President Bashar al-Assad received on Monday Faleh al-Fayyad, Head of the Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq. Fayyad delivered a letter to President Assad from the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi regarding the Neighboring Countries Summit to be held late this month in Baghdad, and the importance of Syrian-Iraqi coordination on this conference and the topics on its agenda.
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Talks during the meeting also tackled the measures taken to enhance joint bilateral cooperation in all fields, especially with regard to combating terrorism and controlling border security, which is an important factor not only at the security level but also contributes to the continuation of the trade movement between the two countries, which benefits the two brotherly peoples and achieves their interests.
Comment from The Observer:
The Iraqi foreign ministry has denied having sent an invitation to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to attend the Baghdad regional summit at the end of this month, as Syrian state media reported that the head of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) delivered a message from the Iraqi Prime Minister on the summit to Damascus on Monday.
“The Iraqi government is not responsible for this invitation. Official invitations are sent with an official letter and in the name of the Iraqi Prime Minister, and no other party has the right to give out an invitation on behalf of the Iraqi government. A clarification is required,” the Iraqi foreign ministry tweeted on Monday.
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