Iraq FM to lead Syria initiative


Baghdad’s foreign minister will lead an Iraqi initiative to end months of unrest in Syria by holding talks with the Damascus regime, opposition groups and the Arab League, an Iraqi official said Sunday. “Our next step is to launch our initiative, and this task will be led by the foreign minister who will announce the details and mechanisms to the Arab League and the Syrian parties soon,” National Security Adviser Falah al-Fayadh said.
Fayadh said on Sunday that Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi is “for an Arab solution and against internationalisation of the crisis.” On Sunday, a civilian was among seven people killed in violence in Syria as clashes raged between deserters and regular army troops in centres of protest against the regime, human rights activists said.