Morsi, Brahimi discuss latest developments in Syria

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Sunday discussed with the UN-Arab League (AL) joint special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, the latest developments in Syria, state- run news agency MENA reported.

During the meeting, Brahimi briefed Morsi on his evaluation for the possibility of a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis and the international and regional efforts to stop the Syrian bloodshed, MENA cited a presidential statement as saying.

For his part, Morsi said "solving the Syrian crisis requires serious and urgent Syrian, regional and international steps in order to reach a solution to the nearly two-year Syrian conflict."

Morsi and Brahimi also underscored the importance of consolidating efforts exerted by the Syrian opposition. The meeting came ahead of Brahimi's planned visit to New York to present the recent developments and the initiatives for resolving the Syrian crisis to the UN Security Council. It also comes a few days ahead of Morsi's visit to Russia, which is considered as one of Syria's allies. Syria has been witnessing unrest since mid-March 2011, leaving thousands of people dead.

Philippines News agency