Al-Moallem Visits Iraq as Rebellion Continues in Syria

Baghdad, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem made a surprise visit to Iraq on Tuesday for closed-door meetings with local authorities, amid the ongoing uprising in his country and regional pressures on Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

According to the Al-Iraqiya satellite channel, Al-Moallem began his non-announced visit to Baghdad shortly before midday to hold talks with Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki and other officials, but refrained from giving details of the reason for his presence here.

Al-Moallem’s trip came as security forces and supporters of Al-Assad clashed with anti-government forces, whom Damascus accuses of being members of armed terrorist groups playing into the hands of a foreign agenda to destabilize Syria.

The escalation of violence with the increasingly frequent use of firearms by both sides is sparking fears that the Syria crisis could turn into a conflict similar to Libya’s, egged on by Western powers and some of their Arab allies.

Anti-government protests continued in the last few hours in the outskirts of Damascus and elsewhere in Syria, such as Talbiseh and Rastan, where five security agents and at least four civilians died, according to reports from both sides.

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