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Iraqi foreign minister meets Assad in Damascus

Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari is visiting Damascus on Tuesday and will also meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

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The foreign ministers of Syria and Iraq discussed ways to tackle militant groups that have threatened the security of their countries, Syrian state television said on Tuesday, citing a news conference at Damascus airport.

Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari is visiting Damascus on Tuesday and will also meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Jaafari's office said.

The discussions "focused on the fight against terrorism and common dangers that threaten our countries", Syrian state television said, citing the meeting.

"Terrorism is not just a danger that faces both countries but one that will affect all countries if there is not cooperation," Jaafari said, according to the channel.