US, Russia Must Agree on Syria: UN Envoy

Syria (Tasnim) – The United Nations peace envoy for Syria on Wednesday urged the United States and Russia to agree on a way forward to end the war in Syria and pave the way for a “real negotiation.”

Special envoy Staffan de Mistura told the UN Security Council that he was ready to convene a new round of talks in May but that US-Russian cooperation was needed.

His appeal came as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov following US missile strikes in Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack, AFP reported.

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The two countries have “serious differences” but also a “common interest” in ending the six-year war that has killed 320,000 people, De Mistura said.

 “They must find a way to work together to stabilize the situation in a deliberate, realistic and concerted way in support of the political process,” he said.

The United Nations is ready to lead a “real negotiation” on a “package for an orderly, mapped-out, credible and irreversible, agreed political transition” to end the war, he added.

This report prepared by Tasnim News Agency