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New Syria envoy takes up Iraq post after defection

Five months after his predecessor defected and joined the country's anti-regime revolt, Syria's new ambassador to Iraq took up his post in Baghdad

AFP , Thursday 6 Dec 2012
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Syria's new ambassador to Iraq has taken up his post in Baghdad, five months after his predecessor defected and joined the country's anti-regime revolt, the president's office said on Thursday.

Sattam al-Jadaan, named on October 9 to replace Nawaf Fares who defected in July, submitted his credentials to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani at a ceremony on Wednesday, it said.

The office, in a statement on its website, said Talabani "stressed the importance of relations between the two brotherly country" and his readiness to support Jadaan's efforts "to make his mission in Iraq a success".

Iraq has pointedly avoided calling for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces are locked in an almost 21-month conflict with rebels fighting to overthrow his regime.

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