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Iraq's neighbors end security talks in Damascus
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21:56, April 14, 2008

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Iraq's neighbors concluded here on Monday a two-day meeting of their security coordination committee in efforts to promote cooperation in helping restore stability in the war-torn country.

A statement issued at the end of the meeting said the participants praised "positive cooperation" between Iraq and its neighbors in fighting terrorism and efforts to improve the security situation in Iraq.

Such cooperation have already led to an improvement in security, the statement said, adding that "control of the borders is the responsibility of Iraq and its neighbors."

The participants also underlined their respect of Iraq's unity, sovereignty and independence as well as their commitment to preserving Iraq's Arab and Islamic identity, said the document.

Meanwhile, Washington called on Iraq's neighbors to stop the flow of militants and weapons to the country, according to a statement by the U.S. embassy here.

"We hope that this meeting will result in a strong commitment by all parties to stop the flow of both terrorists and the weapons they use across Iraq's borders and throughout the region," it said.

"Terrorist facilitation networks operating throughout the region continue to be a significant threat to the stability of Iraq, and by extension, the entire region," it added.

Delegations from Iraq's six neighbors and Egypt and Bahrain, as well as representatives of the Arab League (AL), the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), permanent members of the UN Security Council and the European Union (EU), attended the gathering.

Resolutions of the meeting will be submitted to a ministerial conference on security in Iraq to be held in Kuwait on April 22.

Source: Xinhua

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