UN envoy says has "comprehensive, extensive" discussions with Syrian FM

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DAMASCUS, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- The UN envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen said on Monday that he is having "comprehensive and extensive" discussions with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad.

Pedersen told reporters in Syria's capital Damascus that the discussions they touched upon the issues related to the UN Security Council resolution 2254 which maps out a political solution in Syria.

"I just concluded my first round of discussion with Foreign Minister Mekdad this morning. It was a very extensive round, very comprehensive ... but so far so good," he said.

Mekdad and Pedersen also discussed the need to ensure no foreign interference in the work of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, state news agency SANA reported.

Pedersen's visit to Damascus comes after his trip of shuttle diplomacy to Russia, Iran, and Turkey that concern themselves with the Syrian issue.

The pro-government al-Watan newspaper said on Sunday that Pedersen held talks in Moscow regarding the future of the Syrian Constitutional Committee and its expected sixth round of talks in March in Geneva.

According to al-Watan, Pedersen hinted at the end of the fifth round of the Committee's talks that the Syrian government delegation was hindering the talks.

The Syrian Constitutional Committee was formed in 2019 to discuss and rewrite the Syrian constitution, but no progress has been made so far. Enditem

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