Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri Maliki, has announced that Syrian opposition members have promised to visit Baghdad and negotiate with Assad's regime to end the current crisis. Maliki, who was speaking to Al-Arabiya TV Channel, said that the Iraqi initiative to solve Syria's current crisis, is still active. "We are in touch with the Syrian opposition and some of them have promised to visit Baghdad as part of our initiative" to end the crisis. The Iraqi Prime Minister denied that Baghdad has paid billions of dollars in support to Syria's regime; "we have regulations, checks and balances now. We need the Parliament's approval for foreign intervention; the old days of Saddam's extra-legal payments are gone". Maliki said that "we haven't paid a single dollar to Damascus ... we stand in a neutral position between Syria's regime and opposition".