Syrian FM meets visiting UN-AL envoy over crisis
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al- Moallem met here on Saturday with the visiting UN-Arab League joint special representative Lakhdar Brahimi, during which they discussed the results of Brahimi's regional tour that aimed to garner support for a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, Xinhua reported.
A foreign ministry statement said that the discussions were " constructive and serious," adding that both sides discussed ways of facilitating Brahimi's mission in Syria.
It also said that the discussions touched upon the obstacles that are hindering Brahimi's mission through arming and financing that armed rebels.
The two sides also discussed the conditions for halting violence proposed by all parties in order to pave the way for an inclusive dialogue between the Syrians, the statement said.
Brahimi, who flew in on Friday for a four-day stay, has been shuttling in the region to delineate a full vision before putting forth any proposal to end the long-time violence in Syria.
Before his arrival in the Syrian capital, media reports have speculated on the topics and proposals Brahimi would raise with the Syrian leadership, but the veteran diplomat has remained tight- lipped about the essence of his endeavor.
During his visit to Tehran on Sunday, Brahimi appealed to Iranian leaders to help arrange a cease-fire in Syria during Eid al-Adha, which begins on Oct. 26.
The Syrian government said earlier that it is interested in exploring a cease-fire in the 19-month violence as proposed by Brahimi, but it insisted on commitment and cooperation of the other party in the conflict.
Meanwhile, head of the broad-based opposition group Syrian National Council (SNC), Abdelbaset Sieda, also welcomed the proposed truce.