United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday (September 11th) that Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, will meet Syrian President Bashar Assad when he travels to the country.
"Special representative Brahimi is soon going to have a meeting with Syrian authorities including President Assad, and he has already been engaged with the key stakeholders," Ban said during a news conference in Bern.
Also on Tuesday, at least 36 people -- 33 of them civilians -- were killed in continuing violence across the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Twelve people were killed throughout the Aleppo province, including five during shelling of the opposition stronghold of Sakhur, the Observatory said.
Syrian forces shelled al-Hajar al-Aswad in Rif Dimashq, Kfar Zeita in Hama province and Albu Kamal in Deir Ezzor, killing at least 16 people.
Clashes south of Damascus in Babila and Yalda and in Idlib province also killed at least two men, the Observatory said.
In the capital Damascus, an explosion hit the Mezze district overnight, and pro-regime gunmen fought opposition fighters in the Barzeh district.
Clashes also broke out south of the capital in Tadamun and in the nearby Yarmuk refugee camp, the Observatory said.