SYRIA FOREIGN MINISTER TO VISIT RUSSIA BEFORE PEACE TALKS – REPORT

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MOSCOW: Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem will visit Russia ahead of the Geneva 2 peace talks on the crisis due to begin in Switzerland later this month, Damascus’s ambassador to Moscow said on Monday. Riyad Haddad told Interfax news agency that Muallem “will be in Moscow prior to Geneva 2.” The announcement came as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks in Paris with US Secretary of State John Kerry about the Swiss conference, a follow-up to July 2012 consultations that failed to put an end to the fighting. The Swiss meetings, due to begin January 22 in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux and continue two days later in Geneva, are aimed at engaging regime and opposition members in their first direct talks.

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