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UN Syria envoy to Iran on Sunday

The UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, will travel to close Damascus ally Iran for meetings with senior officials, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said Friday. "Lakhdar Brahimi will come to Tehran on Sunday afternoon," the Mehr news agency quoted Abdollahian as saying. Mehr said Brahimi would meet President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif among others. sgh/al/kir

Syria says UN envoy 'exceeded authority' in vote plan criticism

The Syrian government said Friday that the UN-Arab League envoy had overstepped his role as a mediator by criticising plans to hold a presidential election amid the civil war. "The comments of Lakhdar Brahimi about the presidential election do not fall within the framework of his mission," state television quoted Information Minister Omran Zohbi as saying. "Brahimi must respect his role as mediator, and be honest and impartial. His comments exceeded his authority," Zohbi said. bur/ram/kir/jk

Syria says UN envoy 'exceeded authority' in vote plan criticism

The Syrian government said Friday that the UN-Arab League envoy had overstepped his role as mediator by criticising plans to hold a presidential election amid the civil war. "The comments of Lakhdar Brahimi about the presidential election do not fall within the framework of his mission," state television quoted Information Minister Omran Zohbi as saying. "Brahimi must respect his role as mediator, and be honest and impartial. His comments exceeded his authority," Zohbi said.

Americas News Agenda for March 14

Duty Editor: Stephanie Griffith Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Friday: + Brahimi addresses UN General Assembly on Syria UNITED NATIONS: UN-Arab League Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi addresses the UN General Assembly, after warning that any upcoming presidential election in Damascus would threaten peace talks. 1400 GMT. Picture (SYRIA-CONFLICT-UN) -- OTHER AGENDA ITEMS --

Americas News Agenda for March 14

Duty Editor: Stephanie Griffith Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Friday: + Ban, Brahimi address UN Security Council on Syria UNITED NATIONS: UN chief Ban Ki-moon joins UN-Arab League Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in a second day briefing the UN Security Council, after Brahimi said Thursday that Damascus is delaying efforts to resume Geneva negotiations on Syria's bloody civil war. 1400 GMT. Picture. (SYRIA-CONFLICT-UN) -- OTHER AGENDA ITEMS --

Russia's Lavrov to meet U.N.'s Ban, Brahimi in Geneva: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.N. diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi in Geneva on Monday at a human rights council session, Russian agencies reported. They gave no further details, but since the last round of talks on Syria, Brahimi has been trying to bridge the gap between the main negotiators. (reporting by Lidia Kelly, editing by Elizabeth Piper) nL5N0LG1E7

Syria talks to go into third round, opposition says

GENEVA (Reuters) - International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi plans to take Syrian peace talks into a third round, an opposition official said on Friday, as negotiations neared the end of a second round with no sign of progress. "Brahimi just told us the talks will continue and there will be a third round, but he did not set a date," opposition negotiator Ahmad Jakal told Reuters.

Failure to agree agenda 'very bad omen' for Syria talks

The failure of Syria's warring sides to even agree to an agenda for ongoing peace talks in Geneva does not bode well for the process, a Western diplomat cautioned Thursday. "We expected that the talks would be difficult. We didn't expect that (the parties) would be unable to compromise on an agenda, and that frankly is not good. That's a very bad omen for the process," said the diplomat, who asked not to be identified.

U.S., Russia pledge to unblock Syria talks, Brahimi says

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States and Russia have pledged to help unblock stalled negotiations between Syria's two warring sides, international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Thursday. Brahimi held a two-hour meeting with U.S. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov to try to salvage faltering peace talks between the opposition and Syrian government.

Syria talks 'laborious': UN envoy

The latest round of Syria peace talks has made little progress, international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said Tuesday, calling on the government and the opposition to stop the "nightmare" of the civil war. "The beginning of this week is as laborious as it was the first week," Brahimi told reporters after the warring sides held their first face-to-face talks since the second round of negotiations opened on Monday. "We are not making much progress."
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