DUBAI - New UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will visit Iran, a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, after a fact-finding trip to Syria itself, an official in the Iranian foreign ministry was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Brahimi, a veteran Algerian diplomat, succeeded Kofi Annan as envoy this month and has said he would talk to Iran as he tries to push forward with his difficult quest to end the 17-month-old conflict in Syria.

He is expected to visit Syria soon though no date has yet been announced. His representatives could not be reached on Sunday to confirm or deny the Iranian report.

Iran's Mehr news agency quoted Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi as saying Brahimi would visit Tehran, following a phone conversation Brahimi had conducted on Saturday evening with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.

"It is planned for Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN's envoy to Syria, to travel to Tehran," Araqchi said.

Please LIKE our Facebook page - it makes us stronger