Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:2PM
The UN-Arab League special envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi holds talks with President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus. The talks mainly focused on political solutions to end the crisis in Syria.
Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad has met with the UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Lakhdar al-Ibrahimi in Damascus. Discussions mainly focused on the means of implementing a peaceful solution to the Syrian unrest. The meeting was of great significance following Brahimi’s meetings with Russian and American officials. President Assad reiterated the Syrian government's interest in welcoming any political effort for the benefit of the Syrian people. He said such plans must respect Syria's sovereignty and independence. Brahimi is scheduled to meet a number of opposition groups and parties during his visit to Damascus. Al-Ibrahimi refused to take any question from journalists following his meeting with President Assad. However, he expressed hope all sides would agree on a solution that Syrian people want. Brahimi’s statements coincided with a press conference for the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change. Its secretary underlined the importance of engaging in a political process to end the unrest. Several opposition forces based outside Syria remain are the ones who block a peaceful solution to Syria’s dilemma. The so-called Syrian National Coalition for Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, formed in the Qatari capital Doha, had previously expressed its opposition to such a solution. The Coalition has time and again voiced its support for the use of weapons on Syria’s soil.