UN peace envoy in Damascus after Vienna talks

UN envoy visiting Syrian capital to brief officials on 'details' of the Vienna talks

UN peace envoy in Damascus after Vienna talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura met with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Sunday in Damascus, two days after attending international talks on Syria's four-year war, a UN official said.

The Syrian newspaper Al-Watan, which is close to the government, said the UN envoy was in Damascus to brief officials on the "details" of the Vienna talks.

Top diplomats from 17 countries, as well as the United Nations and the European Union, gathered on Friday in Vienna to narrow their divisions over the war which has killed more than 250,000 people.

For the first time, the meeting brought together all the main outside players in the crisis, including Russia and Iran, key allies of the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

But the Syrian regime and the opposition were not represented.

De Mistura was expected to leave Damascus on Monday, the UN official said, declining to provide further details on the diplomat's visit.

Syria's state television said Muallem had "expressed to... de Mistura the importance of numerous points" in the statement released at the end of the Vienna talks.

Participants at the talks agreed to ask the United Nations to broker a peace deal between the regime and opposition to clear the way for a new constitution and UN-supervised elections.

But divisions remained on the fate of Assad, with Russia and Iran resisting Western and Saudi pressure to force the Syrian president from power.

De Mistura last visited Damascus in September to discuss his proposal for joint working committees to discuss counterterrorism, political and legal issues, reconstruction, and safety and protection. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Kasım 2015, 15:09
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