Assad voices readiness to cooperate with UN envoy

Assad voices readiness to cooperate with UN envoy

Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:30PM GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has expressed readiness to cooperate with UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura to eradicate terrorism in the crisis-hit country.

During a Thursday meeting with De Mistura and a team accompanying him in Damascus, the Syrian president said that his government is ready to prepare the ground for the UN envoy to emerge victorious from his mission in the Middle Eastern country.

Assad further underscored that the UN envoy’s triumph in his mission will be a success for the Syrian people.

The UN official, for his part, expressed hope that he will do whatever he can to restore peace and stability in the country and eradicate terrorism.

De Mistura also said that terrorism has become a source of international concern, adding that fighting terrorism is “a priority for us,” and the Arab country needs a political solution.

De Mistura arrived in the Syrian capital on Tuesday in his first visit to the country since he was appointed for the job. He replaced Lakhdar Brahimi, who resigned on May 31 after nearly two years of failed efforts to end the war.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011.

The Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are reportedly supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

More than 191,000 people have been killed in over three years of fighting in the war-ravaged country, says the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), calling the figure a probable “underestimate of the real total number of people killed.”

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