Last Updated: Sun Sep 16, 2012 18:57 pm (KSA) 15:57 pm (GMT)

U.N. mediator Brahimi departs Damascus after meeting with Assad

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (R) meets with U.N. Arab League peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Damascus. (Reuters)
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (R) meets with U.N. Arab League peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Damascus. (Reuters)

International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi Left Syria on Sunday after a four-day visit during which he met with President Bashar al-Assad, an AFP correspondent reported.

The veteran Algerian diplomat was seen leaving his hotel accompanied by Syria’s deputy foreign minster Faisal Muqdad, and a U.N. official confirmed he was departing the country.

“Yes, he left,” the U.N. staffer said without elaborating.

Brahimi, appointed international envoy to Syria in early September, arrived in the strife-torn country for his first visit on Thursday.

He warned on Saturday after a meeting with Assad that the worsening conflict in Syria threatens both the region and the world at large.

“This crisis is deteriorating and represents a danger to the Syrian people, to the region, and to the whole world,” Brahimi told reporters in Damascus after speaking with Assad for an hour at the presidential palace.

It was the veteran Algerian diplomat’s first meeting with the Syrian leader since he replaced Kofi Annan as mediator two weeks ago, taking on a mission that he described as “nearly impossible”.

The revolt started as a mainly peaceful street campaign for reform but has become a bloody insurgency that is deepening sectarian rifts in the Middle East.

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