Syrian official invited to U.S. talks
A senior Syrian official has been invited to Washington for talks, an American Embassy official said Monday. According to the AP, the upcoming visit by Syria's deputy foreign minister, Fayssal Mekdad, is the first in about five years.
Mekdad, who is currently in New York as part of the Syrian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly meetings, will fly to Washington on Monday for talks with U.S. government officials on a range of issues, the embassy official said.
The Syrian diplomat's visit is part of a continuing dialogue with the Syrian government that began in March, the official said.