Lakhdar Brahimi due in Damascus on October 20

UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will visit Syria on October 20 to hold talks with Syrian officials to end the turmoil in the country.

Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said Brahimi will meet with Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem on Saturday morning.

Brahimi’s visit to Damascus would be the last stop of his tour of regional countries on the issue of Syria. The veteran diplomat met with officials in Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt and Lebanon to find a political solution to the unrest in Syria.

On October 15, Brahimi called for a temporary ceasefire during the four-day Islamic Eid al-Adha holiday starting on October 26. The Syrian government has voiced readiness to discuss the proposal. 

In a visit to the Lebanese capital Beirut on Wednesday, Brahimi warned that the Syria’s conflict could set the entire region ablaze.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011.

Western states have been calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. However, Russia and China are strongly opposed to the Western drive to oust the Syrian president.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals.

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