Iraq seeks stronger regional ties

Other News Materials 9 September 2007 16:28 (UTC +04:00)

A meeting between the countries which neighbour Iraq, including Syria and Iran, has opened in Baghdad.

The countries' foreign ministers or their appointees are there, along with envoys from the UN Security Council. ( BBC )

The gathering, which follows one six months ago in the Iraqi capital, is also being attended by the Arab League and G8, which includes the US.

On the agenda are the large numbers of refugees, energy problems, and security issues, such as border controls.

The conference was opened by Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.

He called upon the attendees to "work seriously towards the objectives that they had gathered for".

And he warned that the violence affecting Iraq was a threat to the region as a whole.