An Iraqi delegation is heading to Cairo following talks with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to end a stalemate over the Arab League plan to solve the Syrian crisis, AFP reported Saturday (December 17th).
"We are heading to Cairo today after we held positive talks with President Assad in Syria," said Iraqi National Security Advisor Faleh al-Fayadh, head of the delegation, which will hold meetings with Arab League officials in Cairo.
The Arab League has threatened to take Syria to the United Nations over its deadly crackdown, but al-Fayadh had been in Damascus until Saturday to diffuse the tension.
"We explained Iraq's position about finding peaceful solutions that would preserve the Syrian people's ambitions for democratic change away from foreign intervention and sectarian strife," he said.
The Syrian Revolution General Commission said Saturday that 22 people have now been killed in Friday's demonstrations, billed as "The Arab League is killing us", in Homs, Rif Dimashq and Daraa. The number increased after people wounded by Syrian security forces' fire died Saturday morning in different hospitals across the country.
The Saudi-owned Elaph newspaper cited the commission as saying that women and children were among those killed. Syria's official news agency reported that the army denied that anyone was killed or wounded in Friday's clashes, as no hospitals "received any killed or wounded people".