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Iraq says ready to mediate with Syrian opposition

BAGHDAD - Iraq is ready to mediate between the Syrian government and opponents of President Bashar Assad to help end months of violence in the neighboring country, an adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Saturday.
Iraq's Shi'ite leaders are concerned that turmoil in Syria could bring a hardline Sunni leader to power should protests lead to the downfall of Assad, who is facing increasing international condemnation over a crackdown on protesters.Ali al-Moussawi, Maliki's media adviser, said Iraq was ready to receive the Syrian opposition to try to reach a solution to achieve the demands of the Syrian people and avoid bloodshed.
"We as a government ... seek a solution. If this clash continues forever it will be harmful for all, particularly to the Syrian people and the Syrian state," he said.
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