Syrian FM, rebel chief to make Moscow visits: Russia

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem and opposition National Coalition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib will make separate visits to Moscow for talks in the next weeks, a top Russian diplomat said Wednesday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told the RIA Novosti news agency that Muallem would visit Russia by the end of February while Khatib would come in the next two-three weeks.

Final dates for both visits were still being agreed, he added.