URGENT ¥¥¥ Syria foreign minister to visit Moscow February 25: official

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem will visit Moscow next week for talks on the near two-year conflict in his country, a top Russian diplomat said Tuesday.

Muallem will be in Moscow on February 25, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said, adding that no date had yet been set for separate talks with the Syrian opposition, the RIA Novosti news agency and Interfax news agencies reported.