BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has received the foreign minister of Oman, Syrian state television said on Monday, amid heightened diplomacy aimed at finding a political solution to Syria’s more than four-year-old conflict.
The station said in a news flash that Yusuf bin Alawi had met with Assad. The state news agency SANA said they had met in Damascus, and published a photo of the two men shaking hands.
Oman sees itself as a conciliator in a volatile region and has a history of constructive relations with Syria’s close ally Iran. Syria’s foreign minister traveled to Oman to meet Alawi in August.
Reporting by Sylvia Westall; Editing by Kevin Liffey
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