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UN-Arab League envoy to Syria al-Akhdar al-Ibrahimi

UN-Arab League envoy to Syria al-Akhdar al-Ibrahimi

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Affairs Abbas Araghchi says new UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi plans to visit the Iranian capital, Tehran. Araghchi said on Sunday that al-Ibrahimi plans to visit Iran after his trip to Syria. In a phone conversation with al-Ibrahimi on Saturday, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Tehran was ready to assist the new UN-Arab League envoy in his mission to restore peace in the Arab country. Salehi added that Iran was looking for a peaceful and Syrian-Syrian solution without the interference of other countries. On August 17, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Brahimi as the new joint special representative of the UN and the Arab League for Syria to replace Annan. Brahimi, who was Algeria’s foreign minister from 1991 to 1993, also served as the UN envoy in Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and in Iraq after the 2003 US-led invasion. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus blames ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists’ for the unrest and deadly violence, but the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed insurgents are foreign nationals. MYA/MA
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