Syria envoy meets Assad as peace talks falter

BEIRUT - United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met President Bashar Assad on Wednesday in the Syrian capital Damascus in an effort to shore up support for faltering peace talks.
Khawla Mattar said Brahimi met Assad but gave no details about the meeting.
The "Geneva 2" talks, tentatively planned for Nov. 23, aim to start a political process to end the civil war in Syria in which more than 100,000 people have been killed.
Brahimi has angered the Syrian opposition by saying that Iran, Assad's main backer during the war, should attend Geneva.
Rebels and the political opposition say that any negotiations should be based on Assad's removal.
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