A long-delayed Geneva peace conference aimed at bringing together Syria’s government and opposition now has a date.
Speaking, Sunday, Arab League chief Nabil el-Araby said that international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi informed him that the talks will convene on November 23.
El-Araby made the comment to reporters after meeting Brahimi, the joint UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, at the bloc’s Cairo headquarters, on the first leg of a regional tour he is conducting ahead of the conference.
Meanwhile, a meeting will take place in London on October 22 between representatives of the Syrian opposition and the foreign ministers of the so-called London 11.
The group consists of Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the nations would “discuss preparations for the Geneva Conference, support for the [opposition] Syrian National Coalition, and our efforts to achieve a political settlement to this tragic conflict.”