UN-Arab League envoy will not participate US-Russia Syria talks

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi will not take part in crunch talks next week between Russian and US officials on a long-delayed Syria peace conference, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the UN said that Brahimi welcomed the bilateral talks between Moscow and Washington in The Hague, but would not be participating himself.

The UN did not say whether he had ever planned to take part.

“Mr Brahimi is in constant contact with both the Russian and the US authorities.

Another meeting to further preparations of the ‘Geneva II’ conference might be held in the near future but its date and place have not yet been set,” it noted Tuesday.

The talks, announced on Monday by Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, are expected to take place in the middle of next week.

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