UN-Arab League envoy to visit Syria on Monday

The UN-Arab League envoy to Syria is to arrive in Damascus on Monday as part of a tour aimed at garnering support for proposed peace talks, a government source said.

Brahimi’s expected visit comes after 19 powerful rebel groups warned that anyone who negotiates with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime will be tried for treason.

It would be the veteran Algerian troubleshooter’s first visit to the war-torn country since late December.

At that time, Brahimi called for “real change” in Syria, and for all powers to be handed over to a transitional government.

Official media in Syria responded to his remarks by branding him as biased and mocking him as an “ageing tourist”.

This time around, Damascus has said the 79-year-old is welcome so long as he stays “impartial”.

 

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