Syria’s Assad Meets with Peace Envoy Brahimi

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian state television says President Bashar al-Assad has met with international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. The broadcast did not give any additional details about the meeting Sunday in Damascus.

Brahimi, the joint U.N. – Arab special envoy for Syria, has urged both sides in the Syrian crises to support a cease-fire during the four-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha that begins October 26.

Last week, the secretaries-general of the U.N. and the Arab League also called for a cessation of violence during the religious period, to bring an end to the 19-month anti-government uprising.

Brahimi met Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem Saturday. The state-run SANA news agency said the two men discussed conditions for preparing for a “comprehensive dialogue” to end the violence of the Syrian uprising.

Clashes between security forces and rebels erupted across Syria again Saturday.

The French News Agency says the unrest included fighting around an army base near the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan in northern Syria.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 70 people were killed in the unrest across the country on Saturday.