Nouri Al Maliki has been visiting Damascus for the first time since he came to power.
He says Syria’s co-operation is helping to stabilise Iraq. The US accuses Damascus of the exact opposite.
Diplomatic relations between Syria and Iraq were only restored last year after a break of 25 years. Syria was a fierce opponent of Saddam Hussein, and hosted most of the opposition during the Saddam years.
And, yes, Nouri Al Maliki used to live in Damascus.