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Kofi Annan to visit Moscow this week: deputy FM

(Xinhua)

13:39, March 23, 2012

MOSCOW, March 22 (Xinhua) -- UN-Arab League joint envoy on Syria Kofi Annan will visit Moscow later this week, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Thursday.

Bogdanov, who is also Russia's special envoy to the Middle East, revealed that Annan may also visit China and some other countries soon.

"Now everybody will be waiting for the results of Kofi Annan's work," he said, adding that he does not believe that any UN Security Council resolution on Syria will be discussed in the near future.

The state-owned Itar-tass news agency quoted a source as saying that Annan is expected to arrive in Moscow on Saturday and hold talks with the Russian side on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Bogdanov confirmed a delegation of the Syrian opposition will also visit Moscow in the coming days.

"They would be prepared to come right away....I do hope there will be a meeting between them and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, " Bogdanov said.

Moscow has voiced its supports to Annan's work and reiterated a political solution, without any foreign intervention, is the best option for the Syrian crisis.


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