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After meeting President Bashar Assad on Saturday (September 15th), UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi warned that the worsening conflict in Syria poses a threat to the region and the world at large.
"The crisis is dangerous and getting worse and it is a threat to the Syrian people, the region and the world," said Brahimi, who took over as envoy earlier this month from former UN chief Kofi Annan.
"We will make a great effort to make progress, and do our best [...] to help the Syrian people," he said. Brahimi didn't give any specifics on how he hopes to breathe life into stalled peace efforts, 18 months into Syria's deadly conflict.
During the meeting with Brahimi, Assad called for dialogue between Syrians, state television reported.
"The real problem in Syria is that of combining politics with the work being done on the ground," said Assad. "The political work continues, in particular by calling for dialogue between Syrians based on the aspirations of all Syrians."
Assad said his government would "co-operate with all sincere efforts to solve the crisis, so long as the efforts are neutral and independent."
Brahimi has also held talks with Foreign Minister Walid Muallem and members of the officially tolerated opposition since he arrived in the Syrian capital on Thursday.