UN - Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has travelled to Turkey to discuss the the long - awaited Geneva peace conference on Syria with Turkish officials and Syria ' s foreign - backed opposition.
Brahimi arrived in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Thursday. He confirmed his meeting with Syria’s foreign - backed opposition coalition but gave no details about the talks, Turkey’sHurriyet Daily News reported. He is currently on a Middle East tour to muster support for the Geneva meeting, which is scheduled to be held in November. Brahimi has visited Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Kuwait before travelling to Turkey. Meanwhile, the so-called opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC) is due to convene in the Turkish city of Istanbul on November 9 to decide whether to participate in the upcoming Geneva peace talks on the Syria crisis. Samir Nashar, an SNC member, said the meeting was scheduled to be held on October 22, but it was postponed to the mentioned date due to a meeting of the so-called Friends of Syria group in London. "There is an international effort, notably American, to persuade the Coalition to take part” in the Geneva meeting, Nashar said. The planned peace conference on Syria, known as Geneva II, was proposed by Russia and the US on May 7. The date of the long-delayed event has changed many times as Syria's foreign-backed opposition coalition remains divided over participating in the meeting. The foreign-backed Syrian opposition leaders have maintained that they will not attend the Geneva meeting unless it focuses on the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s departure. On October 24, President Assad cast doubt on the success of the upcoming meeting as “factors are not yet in place” for the event. “Which forces are taking part? What relation do these forces have with the Syrian people? Do these forces represent the Syrian people, or do they represent the states that invented them?” he asked.