Assad, Maliki both interested in Iraq stability

Iraq's prime minister and Syria's autocratic leader said in a meeting Tuesday during the embattled Iraqi leader's first official visit here that despite their differences, both are interested in stabilizing Iraq. Nouri al-Maliki's three-day sojourn in Syria comes as part of his efforts to seek neighbors' help in stemming the violence ravaging Iraq. He and Syrian President Bashar Assad appeared briefly before cameras before going into a closed meeting Tuesday. "We are not complimentary in our speech, [but] we want this visit to be a success and we are interested in stabilizing Iraq and improving its situation," Assad told al-Maliki at the start of the talks.