United Nations mediator Lakhdar Brahimi is to meet with delegations of the Syrian government and the opposition separately on Friday. Mr Brahimi will assess the willingness of the two sides to meet together and discuss ending the war.

UN spokeswoman Alessandra Vellucci told the press that Brahimi, Joint Special Representative for Syria, will meet the Syrian government delegation led by Foreign Minister Walid al Moallem on Friday morning, and will talk with the opposition later in the afternoo...

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