No peace nor good will at Christmas in Syria, says UN envoy after talks with Assad
The UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has said after talks with the country's leader Bashar-al Assad that the situation in the country still remains 'worrying'.
Brahimi, who met with Assad on Monday, gave no indication of progress toward a negotiated solution for the civil war.
According to News24, Brahimi said he and Assad exchanged views on the crisis and discussed possible steps forward.
He spoke briefly to reporters after meeting the Syrian leader at the presidential palace in Damascus, the report said.
Lakhdar Brahimi's mission came as activists reported intense fighting in the central province of Hama, where anti-government gunmen entered the predominantly Alawite town of Maan.
Assad's regime is dominated by members of his minority Alawite sect, an off-shoot of Shi'ite Islam, while most of the rebels are Sunni Muslims.
Meanwhile, Syria's state news agency quoted Assad as saying his government supports any effort in the interest of the Syrian people, which preserves the homeland's sovereignty and independence, the report said.