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Iraq FM Urges Support For Syria In Fight Against Terrorism

Visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has urged regional support for Syria and Iraq and as they battle the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.

Jaafari spoke after meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in Damascus on March 24.

He said "Arab countries should support Syria in its fight against terrorism," adding that extremism "would reach all the countries if there is no cooperation."

Muallem said Syria and Iraq were "in the same trench [fighting] against terrorism."

Referring to Syria's international isolation, Muallem expressed confidence that Iraqi leaders "will not spare any effort to break the siege which was imposed upon Syria."

Jaafari's visit comes ahead of an Arab League meeting in Egypt on March 28.

Syria's membership was suspended in 2011 after the government's crackdown on protests which led to the current civil war that has killed more than 210,000 people that has left large parts of Syria under IS control.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters