CAIRO, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Arab League-United Nations envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi met Sunday with the head of the exiled Syrian opposition coalition Moaz al-Khatib in Cairo where they discussed the coalition plans for the upcoming stage, official news agency MENA reported.
The meeting tackled al-Khatib's recent bid for dialogue with the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad, whose information minister Omran al-Zoubi said in response on Friday that the government was ready for dialogue with opposition " without preconditions."
Brahimi met earlier on Sunday with Arab League (AL) Secretary- General Nabil al-Arabi in Cairo, during which they both reaffirmed support for the opposition's initiative for dialogue.
The Syrian conflict has been a major topic in the recent Islamic Cooperation Organization (OIC) summit held in Cairo. On the sidelines of the conference, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Turkish President Abdullah Gul held a closed-door meeting Wednesday on the issue.
The concluding statement of the two-day OIC summit supported the quartet initiative of Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to reach an "earnest dialogue" between the Syrian government and the exiled opposition coalition to put an end to the ongoing bloodshed.
"We all agreed on intensifying efforts to put an end to the tragedy of the Syrian people," Egyptian President Morsi said in his concluding speech, reaffirming backing the unity of the Syrian lands and people.
The summit also backed Brahimi's talks at the regional and international levels to resolve the crisis and his peacemaking efforts in brokering negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition.
CAIRO, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Arab League (AL) Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi held talks Sunday with AL-UN joint envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi on the latest developments of the Syrian crisis and the recent call for dialogue by the opposition coalition, official news agency MENA reported.
Brahimi briefed Arabi with the result of his tour in a number of Arab and foreign countries to push for a solution to the crisis and to put an end to the ongoing bloodshed in Syria. Full story
DAMASCUS, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- A number of opposition figures and government loyalists declared Saturday the formation of the National Current to Salvage Syria, calling in their first statement for adopting the political vision of President Bashar al- Assad as an important step toward a political solution for Syria's long-standing crisis.
In a press conference held Saturday in the capital Damascus, Sattam al-Dandal, a member of the new current, read out the founding statement in which he stressed belief in a democratic, secular and civil state. Full story