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Maliki wants to help in Syria

Reuters reports:

Iraq is ready to mediate between the Syrian government and opponents of President Bashar al-Assad to help end months of violence in the neighboring country, an adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Saturday.

Ali al-Moussawi, Maliki's media adviser, said Iraq was ready to receive the Syrian opposition to try to reach a solution to achieve the demands of the Syrian people and avoid bloodshed.

"We as a government ... seek a solution. If this clash continues forever it will be harmful for all, particularly to the Syrian people and the Syrian state," he said.

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