World leaders focus on Syria conflict at UN Assembly

    World leaders focus on Syria conflict at UN Assembly

    Sept.28, New York: World leaders attending the UN general assembly are focused on the Syrian conflict which is to be at the centre of intense diplomatic activity.

    President of Russian Vladimir Putin is to hold rare talks with US President Barack Obama to outline his proposals. The Russians are a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Moscow has suggested there are plans to form an international contact group on Syria that will include Russia, the US, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

    Meanwhile, western leaders have recently softened their stance towards him - conceding that he might be able to stay on during a political transition.

    The threat of Islamic State (IS) extremists and the flow of Syrian refugees to Europe has added urgency to the search for a deal to end the civil war.

    Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov suggested both Russia and the United States would take part in peace talks on Syria next month, along with Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, local media reported.

    The Oslo Times


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