Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari made it clear that his country will not be a launch pad for strikes on neighbour Syria, a news agency reported. He instead stressed on finding a peaceful solution to come to a conclusion on the prevailing Syrian crisis.

"Iraq will not be a launch pad to any aggression against Syria and we will not provide any facilities in this respect and we are working with some states to apply a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis," Zebari said during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad-Javad Zarif.

The minister said this after Iraq and Iran bilateral talks were held on Sunday during which regional situation and the developments on the Syrian crisis were discussed. The Iranian minister, meanwhile, said that US President Barack Obama ‘has entered the trap of war on Syria - pushed by some parties - and we wish him to come out of the trap for the interests of himself and for the region as well’

"Those who are short-sighted are beating the drums of war and are setting a fire that will burn everyone in the region," said the Mohammad-Javad Zarif, who arrived in Iraq on an official visit. Iraq and Iran fought an eight-year war in the 1980s which left around one million people dead.


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