Arab foreign ministers are slated to meet Sunday (August 12th) in Saudi Arabia to discuss the latest developments in Syria, AFP reported.
Ahmed Ben Helli, deputy secretay-general of the Arab League, said the meeting will discuss a successor for Kofi Annan, the former UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria who resigned from his post on August 2nd. Gerard Araud, France's ambassador to the United Nations, said on Friday that the successor will be named early next week.
According to UN diplomats, veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi may be a successor. Brahimi helped broker an end to the Lebanese civil war, served as Algerian foreign minister and has served as the UN special envoy to Afghanistan, Haiti and South Africa. However, in a statement released Friday, Brahimi made no mention of the speculation about his nomination.
"The UN Security Council and regional states must unite to ensure that a political transition can take place as soon as possible," he said in the statement.
"Millions of Syrians are clamouring for peace. World leaders cannot remain divided any longer, over and above their cries," he said.