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Mar 24, 11:58 AM EDT

Iraq's top diplomat meets with Syria's Assad in Damascus


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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Iraq's foreign minister has held talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad that focused on threats facing both countries, including the Islamic State group.

Ibrahim al-Jaafari met with Assad during a one-day trip to Damascus on Tuesday. He says they discussed "Syrian and Iraqi issues, and the common dangers that threaten our security."

Al-Jaafari told reporters that he hopes to boost cooperation between Iraq and Syria to defeat those threats. Al-Jaafari also met with his Syrian counterpart, Walid al-Moallem, during his visit.

The Islamic State group has seized large segments of both Syria and Iraq.

The Syrian government also faces a revolt against President Bashar Assad. Damascus calls all groups opposed to Assad "terrorists."

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