The newly appointed international envoy for
Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, spoke with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
in New York on Friday, calling the Syrian people's interests a
priority in his efforts to end that country's conflict.
Brahimi, who will take up his post on September 1, will spend the coming week at UN headquarters to consult with UN officials and diplomats on his work, said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky.
Brahimi said the Syrian people's interests are "first and foremost" in his diplomatic efforts.
Nesirky said the meeting between Brahimi and Ban was the first since Brahimi's appointment last week and that the talks would continue. He said Ban considers Brahimi's job to be "important and crucial" and called him a man of "extraordinary talents."
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