BEIRUT - Syria said it hoped international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi's talks with Middle East states would help prospects for a "constructive initiative" to end its civil war, but reiterated that any peace plan must be respected by both sides.

Brahimi has called for a ceasefire to mark the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha later this month, after holding talks with leaders from several countries in the region - including allies and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"Syria is awaiting the arrival of United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to hear about the results of his tour of the countries he visited, some of which have influence over the (rebel) armed groups," state news agency SANA quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi as saying.

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