The Foreign Minister of the Damascus government, Faysal al-Miqdad, is holding meetings with his Iraqi counterpart, Fouad Hussein, during his visit to the capital, Baghdad.
An agency affiliated with the Damascus government quoted Al-Miqdad as saying, "The talks included strengthening cooperation in all fields," stressing "the unified position of the two countries in facing all common challenges".
Al-Miqdad said during a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart: "We discussed joint efforts to combat terrorism. What harms Syria harms Iraq," pointing out that "the imposition of coercive economic measures by the West is not the appropriate method for relations between countries, and these measures have exacerbated the suffering of the Syrian people and must be lifted."
For his part, Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein announced coordination and cooperation with Syria to combat the drug trade, explaining that "there is coordination and joint cooperation with the Syrian side in fighting drug dealers, and it is hoped to work with the surrounding countries as well in this regard," according to the Iraqi news agency(Wea'a).
Al-Miqdad arrived in Baghdad on Saturday, according to Ahmed al-Sahhaf, spokesman for the Iraqi Foreign Ministry.