United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi meets Syrian president Assad

Monday 24 December 2012 21.50
International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi (above) held discussions with President Bashar al-Assad
International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi (above) held discussions with President Bashar al-Assad

Special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi met with President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to discuss a solution to the country's 21-month-old conflict.

Mr Brahimi told journalists after the meeting that he discussed the situation in Syria overall.

He said that he gave his views on how to solve the crisis.

Mr Brahimi said conditions in the country were still poor, he travelled to Syria by road from Lebanon after fighting closed Damascus Airport.

Opposition activists in Syria say up to 90 people were killed and dozens injured in an air strike by government forces in the rebel held town of Halfaya in Hama province yesterday.

The attack was on a bakery in the town.

In defiant remarks, Syrian Information Minister Umran Ahid al-Za'bi said rebels and their foreign allies should "forget" trying to topple Assad.

He appeared to move away from the conciliatory tone of the Syrian vice president, who said last week that neither side could win the war and called for a national unity government.

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