UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will kick off on Monday a tough two-week process to bridge the gap between the three “guarantor” states of the Astana process - Russia, Turkey and Iran - and the US-led group of six which also compromises France, Britain, Germany, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.
The envoy hopes that setting up a constitution-drafting commission would contribute in finding a “common ground” between both camps.
A delegation representing the Syrian government and another one from the opposition are not invited to attend the UN-sponsored talks.
The Libyan National Army has reached the last pockets of extremist resistance against LNA forces in the eastern city of Derna, arresting Osama bin Laden’s former driver Soufian bin Qamou, informed sources said.
The sources said the LNA will question bin Qamou at the headquarters of Commander Khalifa Haftar in Rajmeh, which lies outside the eastern city of Benghazi.
Bin Qamou, a high-ranking al-Qaeda official, had worked as a driver for bin Laden in Sudan and has been involved in several terrorist attacks and confrontations with the LNA.
Also Sunday, LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mesmari said
يواصل المبعوث الأممي إلى اليمن مارتن غريفيث مساعيه في صنعاء لإقناع قادة الجماعة الحوثية بخطته الطارئة لتسليم الحديدة ومينائها سلمياً، وسط تسريبات تفيد بأن زعيم الجماعة لا يزال ينتظر وصول التعليمات الإيرانية بخصوص الموافقة أو الرفض.