Syria envoy to talk peace with Russia

Last updated 21:01 27/12/2012
Reuters

International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi ends his visit to Damascus calling for real change as Syrian refugees continue to arrive in Jordan. Sunita Rappai reports.

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Lakhdar Brahimi.

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International Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi will fly to Moscow on Saturday for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on how to end Syria’s 21-month-old conflict.

Syrian diplomats on Thursday entered the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow to discuss proposals for a peaceful resolution to the crisis following a diplomatic push by Brahimi in Damascus this week.

Plans made by Brahimi to broker a peaceful transfer of power in Syria will top the agenda when Lavrov and Brahimi meet on later this week, the foreign ministry spokesman said.

‘‘We plan to discuss a range of issues linked to a political and diplomatic settlement in Syria, including Brahimi’s efforts aimed at ending the violence and the launch of a comprehensive national dialogue,’’ Alexander Lukashevich said.

Today, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Makdad and another aide will meet Lavrov and Mikhail Bogdanov, the Kremlin’s envoy for Middle East affairs, a Russian Foreign Ministry source said, without detailing the nature of the talks.

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