UN-Arab League Special Envoy holds "candid" talks with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad

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Kofi Annan, UN-Arab League Special Envoy on Syria and President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria

Kofi Annan and Bashar Al-Assad

The United Nations League of Arab States Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan met Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus on Saturday. Mr. Annan expressed grave concern at the situation in Syria and urged the President to take concrete steps to end the current crisis.

Mr. Annan put several proposals on the table regarding stopping the violence and the killings, access for humanitarian agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, release of detainees, and the start of an inclusive political dialogue to address the legitimate aspirations and concerns of the people.

Mr. Annan described the talks as candid and comprehensive.

He will meet with President Assad again on Sunday to resume discussions. Later in the day, Mr. Annan met opposition leaders and young activists, as well as prominent businessmen and businesswomen.

The Joint Special Envoy departs Damascus on Sunday afternoon for Doha, Qatar.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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