Iraqi officials say Iraq and Syria will restore diplomatic ties that were broken about a quarter-century ago.
A government spokesman says a plan to restore relations is being discussed during a visit to Iraq this week by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem.
Muallem is the highest-level Syrian official to visit Iraq since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Meanwhile, Iraqi officials say President Jalal Talabani will travel to Tehran Saturday for talks with his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The talks are expected to focus on the security situation in Iraq.
Iraqi spokesmen denied reports that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may join the talks.
In Washington, a State Department spokesman Tom Casey voiced skepticism that the talks would lead to progress on the ground in Iraq. He says U.S. officials have seen public statements from Iran expressing its desire to reduce the violence in Iraq, but he noted those statements have not been backed up by "actual, concrete steps."
The spokesman says Syria has also not taken steps to reduce violence in Iraq.
President Bush has accused Iran and Syria of supporting the insurgency in Iraq and undermining the country's democracy.
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