Sun, September 16, 2012

UN envoy Brahimi arrives in Cairo, may meet Morsi

2012-09-16 19:48:28 GMT2012-09-17 03:48:28(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

CAIRO, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- The UN-Arab League (AL) joint representative to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in Cairo Sunday and will probably hold a meeting with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi as part of his regional mediating efforts to end the bloodshed in unrest-torn Syria, his spokesman Ahmed Fawzy said.

Brahimi arrived in Cairo for a second time in one week to exert diplomatic efforts to tackle the pressing issue of Syrian people's suffering in the violence plaguing their country.

Prior to coming to Egypt, Brahimi held intensive talks with top Syrian officials in Damascus, including Syrian President Bashar al- Assad, as well as members from the opposition and the civil society, official news agency MENA quoted a statement by Fawzy as saying.

"Brahimi listened to all parties in regards to the crisis and ways to solve it," added Fawzy, quoting the representative's words as saying that "tackling the crisis needs first to stop the bloodshed, and then to search for a political method to move towards achieving the Syrian people's aspiration."

The statement added that a meeting between the Egyptian president and Brahimi is likely to be held. Brahimi will also meet the AL secretary general and members of the quartet committee on Syria, which comprises officials of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran.

Brahimi is due to visit New York to meet participating leaders at the meetings of the UN General Assembly, particularly UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, to consult on the conditions in Syria based on his visit to Damascus.


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