UN and Arab League peace envoy Al-Akhdar Al-Ibrahimi on Monday begins his Syria mission by meeting League officials and senior Egyptian leaders before heading to Damascus on his first official trip to the region.
Ibrahimi, replacing former UN chief Kofi Annan, arrived in Cairo late on Sunday from New York via Paris. Chief of Hezbollah’s Media Relations
Ibrahimi's spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told reporters at Cairo airport the peace envoy will meet Egypt's President Mohammad Mursi, Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr, League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi and other officials on Monday.
Fawzi said the date of Ibrahimi's visit to Syria will be fixed once the final details of his program of meetings are set.
The UN envoy’s mission was preceded by Anti-Syria messages from US in Russia.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Sunday that a new Security Council resolution on Syria would be pointless if it had “no teeth,” because President Bashar al-Assad would “ignore it.”
Speaking in Russia, Clinton said she was willing to work with Moscow on a new resolution but warned that Washington would step up support to end Assad's regime if the measure did not carry consequences.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after meeting Clinton that he hoped to seek Security Council approval for a peace plan agreed in June in Geneva.
Clinton said if differences with Moscow persist, "then we will work with like-minded states to support a Syrian opposition to hasten the day when Assad falls."
This comes as Ibrahimi was set to visit Tehran after Damascus.
Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Affairs Sayyed Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday that Ibrahimi plans to visit Iran after his trip to Syria.
In a telephone conversation with the UN-AL envoy on Saturday, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Tehran is ready to assist the new envoy in his mission to restore peace in the Arab country. Salehi added that Iran is looking for a peaceful and Syria-Syria solution without the interference of other countries.