Syrian president meets UN special representative Brahimi
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met here Saturday with visiting UN-Arab League (AL) special representative Lakhdar Brahimi, the state-run SANA news agency said.
Details of the meetings are still forthcoming as Brahimi is expected to give a statement to reporters following his meeting with Assad., Xinhua reported.
Brahimi arrived in Syria Thursday for a three-day visit to meet with officials for the Syrian administration and the opposition alike.
He met Friday with a number of Damascus-based Syrian opposition.
A day earlier, Brahimi met with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mualem, during which Mualem pledged "full cooperation" with the new representative's mission.
Mualem cautioned, however, that success would depend on the stances of countries that he said were "arming, financing and training armed terrorist groups."
Brahimi is tasked with brokering a diplomatic solution to the Syrian conflict after replacing Kofi Annan, who stepped down as the UN-AL joint special envoy in August in frustration after his six-point peace plan went up in smoke.
Hasan Abdul-Azim, head of the oppositional National Coordination Body (NCB), said Friday that the new special envoy " cannot be a repetition or a copy of Kofi Annan's plan," adding that Brahimi should have qualitative additions and efforts.
He said Brahimi has "a big convincing power, especially that he is from the region... He also has regional and international influence." Enditem