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Kharrazi in Damascus for foreign ministers meet of Iraq neighbors

IRNA

Damascus, Nov 1, IRNA -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi 
arrived in Damascus on Saturday to attend the fourth meeting of 
foreign ministers of Iraq`s neighbors. 
Foreign ministers of seven countries in Iraq`s neighborhood are 
expected to study the current situation in Iraq and its negative 
impacts on national security of every individual state. 
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk as-Shara will host the meeting 
which will begin after Iftar Saturday evening. 
The deliberations will proceed on Sunday. 
Kharrazi was welcomed by Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Walid 
Moalem and Iranian Ambassador to Damascus Hossein Sheikholeslam. 
Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia Saud al-Feisal, Egypt Ahmad 
Maher, Iran Kamal Kharrazi, Jordan Mawan Moasher, Kuwait Sheikh 
Mohammad as-Sabah, Turkey Abdullah Gul and Iraq Hoshyar Zebari have 
been invited to the talks. 
Zebari said later that he will not take part in the meeting 
because, Syria extended the invitation later than appropriate time. 
The Iraqi foreign minister complained that Syria had ignored the 
status of Iraq in offering invitation and that the Saudi Arabia, 
Kuwait and Jordan had later encouraged Syria to invite Iraq to the 
talks. 
"The meeting is merely to discuss the impacts of the Iraqi 
situation on national security of regional states," Zebari said. 
Foreign ministers of Iraq`s neighboring states held their first 
meeting ahead of invasion of Iraq by the coalition forces in Istanbul 
last April, the second meeting in Riyadh following the collapse of 
Saddam regime and the third in Tehran last June in the context of the 
OIC foreign ministers meeting. 
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