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Syria envoy to brief Arabs on Assad meet as fighting rages

Published on Sep 17, 2012 5:56 PM
United Nations (U.N.)-Arab League peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks during a news conference, after meeting with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sept 15, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DAMASCUS (AFP) - Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi was to brief the Arab League on Monday on his mission to Syria that a rebel commander predicted is doomed to fail, as violence rattled Damascus and the second city Aleppo.

Also in Cairo, there were reports of a meeting of an unlikely quartet of Iran - a strong ally of Bashar al-Assad - and Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, who have called for the Syrian president's ouster.

And the United Nations said human rights violations have soared dramatically in the Syrian conflict. Mr Brahimi was to brief Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on his visit to Syria, his first since taking on the job earlier this month, where he met Mr Assad and members of the opposition tolerated by Damascus, a League official said.

The UN-Arab League envoy and Mr Arabi will discuss "the Arab and international moves required to resolve the current crisis in Syria," the official said.

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