Date Set for Geneva Peace Talks on Syria
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A date has been set for a long-delayed Geneva peace conference aimed at bringing together Syria's government and opposition.
Arab League chief Nabil el-Araby said on Sunday that international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi informed him that the talks will convene on November 23.
El-Araby made the comment to reporters after meeting Brahimi, the joint UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, at the bloc's Cairo headquarters, on the first leg of a regional tour he is conducting ahead of the conference.
Meanwhile, a meeting will take place in London on October 22 between representatives of the Syrian opposition and the foreign ministers of the so-called London 11, Al Jazeera reported.
The group consists of Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
World powers are focusing on a political solution to the war in Syria after Washington dropped plans for US-led strikes in response to a chemical attack in Damascus.
Russia and Western nations are pushing for new talks between the Syrian government and rebels on a negotiated solution to the conflict, which has killed more than 115,000 people since March 2011.