Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi departs Damascus
DAMASCUS (AFP) - International peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi departed Damascus on Sunday after a four-day visit during which he met with President Bashar al-Assad, an AFP correspondent reported.
The veteran Algerian diplomat was seen leaving his hotel accompanied by Syria's deputy foreign minster Faisal Muqdad, and a UN official confirmed he was departing the country. "Yes, he left," the UN staffer said without elaborating.
Mr Brahimi, appointed international envoy to Syria in early September, arrived in the strife-torn country for his first visit on Thursday. He warned on Saturday after a meeting with Mr Assad that the worsening conflict in Syria threatens both the region and the world at large.
"The crisis is dangerous and getting worse, and it is a threat to the Syrian people, the region and the world," said Mr Brahimi, who replaced Kofi Annan following the failure of the former UN chief's six-point peace plan.