The Foreign Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the information, said the talks will be the first of 10 such meetings to take place in the Iraqi capital. Iran was the venue for the last meeting in July.
Along with Iran and Syria, Iraq has invited Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to the discussions. The Arab League, Organization of Islamic Conference and the United Nations also have been asked to attend, the official said.
The United States and the Iraqi government have accused Syria of allowing foreign fighters to cross into Iraq and fight coalition and Iraqi forces. The U.S. has accused Iran of giving support to Shiite militias.
Both countries deny the charges.
CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer recently interviewed, asking him about the role his country might play — whether or not the U.S. likes it — in stabilizing Iraq.
Vice President Farouk al Shara would not confirm or deny a meeting in Syria, with the approval of his government, of about 200 senior Baathists and militia members from Iraq to discuss laying down arms to earn a chair at the negotiating table.
Thursday, the official Syrian Arab News Agency reported Syrian President Bashar Assad had stressed his country's eagerness to promote Iraq's security, stability and territorial unity during a meeting with Sheik Harith al-Dhari, head of the powerful Sunni Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq.
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