MOSCOW, December 22 (Itar-Tass) — U.N./LAS Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi can arrive in Russia for consultations on the Syrian issue before New Year holidays, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists on Saturday.
“He [Brahimi] called me yesterday. He wants to arrive and we will invite and accept him shortly,” Lavrov said.
Replying when Brahimi can arrive in Russia, the Russian minister explained, “Approximately, before New Year.”
On December 21, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that Lavrov and Brahimi had a telephone conversation to discuss the political and diplomatic settlement in Syria. Lavrov stressed, “During the work with the Syrian parties, it is necessary to point out that there is no alternative to the implementation of the Geneva final communique, which was adopted at the ministerial meeting on June 30.”
“This will allow us to find ways towards overcoming the deadlock, cease the bloodshed and start the inter-Syrian dialogue on key parameters of fundamental transformations in Syria to meet the interests of its citizens,” the minister said.
“The Syrian parties and key external players should comply with the above mentioned agreements,” he pointed out.
For his part, Brahimi said he was ready to continue contacts with Russia over the Syrian issue, the Foreign Ministry reported.