Syrian prime minister visits ally Iran
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||15 January 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Syrian prime minister visits ally Iran, 15 January 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/512235631a.html [accessed 19 April 2014]|
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January 15, 2013
Tents housing Syrian refugees are reflected in pools of rainwater in the Bab al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border.
Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi is due to visit Iran, a key regional ally of isolated Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
In December, Iran put forward a vague peace plan for Syria, calling for a transitional government and elections for parliament and president, without stating whether Assad should remain in office.
The Syrian prime minister arrives in Iran a week after Damascus freed more than 2,000 detainees in exchange for the release of 48 Iranians who had been held by Syrian rebels for five months.
Meanwhile, more than 50 countries have asked the UN Security Council to refer the Syria crisis to the International Criminal Court, and a U.S.-based aid agency said the conflict in Syria has sparked a regional humanitarian crisis, with women and girls facing "horrific levels" of sexual violence.
Based on reporting by AP and Reuters