A rebel fighter loads his machine gun during fighting with regime forces on April 1, 2013 in Aleppo, Syria
A rebel fighter loads his machine gun during fighting with regime forces on April 1, 2013 in Aleppo, Syria. Syria's foreign minister said on Sunday that his government will take part in a peace conference in Geneva, terming it a "good opportunity for a political solution" to the civil war in Syria. © Guillaume Briquet - AFP/File
A rebel fighter loads his machine gun during fighting with regime forces on April 1, 2013 in Aleppo, Syria
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Last updated: May 26, 2013

Syria to attend Geneva peace conference, says foreign minister

Syria's foreign minister said on Sunday that his government will take part in a peace conference in Geneva, terming it a "good opportunity for a political solution" to the civil war in Syria.

Walid Muallem said during a news conference in Baghdad that he had told his counterpart Hoshyar Zebari and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of the decision during the previously unannounced visit to Baghdad.

Muallem told reporters that President Bashar al-Assad's regime had agreed "in principle to participate in the international conference which is supposed to be convened in Geneva".

"We think... that the international conference represents a good opportunity for a political solution to the crisis in Syria."

Muallem made the Baghdad visit on the same day Iraqi authorities searched a Syria-bound aircraft that had flown from Moscow through Iranian airspace into Iraq, Nasser Bandar, the head of Iraq's civil aviation authority, told AFP.

No prohibited items were found, Bandar said.

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