Turkey on Monday started mediation attempt as it tries to ease the recently erupted tension between Iraq and Syria over insurgency bombings in Iraq.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu shuttled between Baghdad and Damascus on Monday. He however described Turkey's efforts to mend the Iraq-Syria relations not as mediation but rather as helping two brothers resolve differences.
Earlier in the day, Davutoglu met Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad, in addition to talks with Iraqi ministers with a hope to re-establish an atmosphere of mutual trust between Iraq and Syria.
Davutoglu assured his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari that he would deliver the documents and evidences on the recent attacks provided by Iraqi authorities to Syrian officials, according to reports by Turkey's official Anatolia news agency.
Zebari told Davutoglu that relations with Syria was not on the verge of breaking, adding that their position against Syria did not change.
"There are some individuals which the Iraqi government and courts demand Syria to extradite. This demand still stands. Also we want activities harming Iraq to be halted. We did not call back our ambassadors reciprocally. We just summoned them in order to consult them," said Zebari.
Relations between Iraq and Syria deteriorated after Baghdad alleged that Damascus is sheltering suspects linked to the massive bombings that targeted government ministries in Baghdad on Aug. 19.But Damascus said it wanted evidence from Baghdad.