Senior Russian diplomat to meet Assad in Damascus: Reports

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov arrived in Syria on Wednesday for a meeting with President Bashar al-Assad, as Moscow presses its bid to restart a peace process for the war-torn country, Syrian media said.

Damascus: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov arrived in Syria on Wednesday for a meeting with President Bashar al-Assad, as Moscow presses its bid to restart a peace process for the war-torn country, Syrian media said.

Bogdanov will also meet with Syria`s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, state television said, in a visit that comes after recent meetings with Syrian opposition groups and trips to Lebanon and Turkey.

"In Istanbul, I met with Syrian opposition members," Bogdanov said as he arrived at his Damascus hotel.

"We want to reach an agreement on many issues with the Damascus authorities," he added.

Bogdanov`s Syrian counterpart Faisal Muqdad said: "I am sure our Russian friends are bringing with them ideas that we will discuss, so that the bid succeeds, and so that we can reach a political solution that is mainly founded on the integrity of Syrian territory."

In November, key Damascus backer Russia held meetings in Moscow with a top opposition leader, Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, and with a delegation headed by Muallem.

No date has yet been set for any future talks.

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