BEIRUT: The Foreign Ministry has not been approached with any requests to arrange meetings between U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and top Lebanese officials, political sources told The Daily Star Monday.
The sources, close to the Grand Serial, added that Brahimi would return to Lebanon later this week and might visit Beirut next Saturday.
Brahimi arrived at Rafik Hariri International Airport Monday and held talks with U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly before departing for Syria.
Brahimi made no statements after the meeting, only telling reporters he would “talk once I am back from Syria.”
The envoy’s meeting with Plumbly was held amid tight security measures.
Brahimi’s visit to Damascus is part of a tour aimed at drumming up support for proposed peace talks on the Syria conflict.
The envoy is pushing for regime and rebel representatives to come to the negotiating table at the Geneva II conference in Switzerland.
Brahimi has already visited several countries in the region, including Turkey, Egypt and Qatar to try to muster support for the talks to end the 31-month conflict in Syria.
Several officials, including Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby, have said they expect Geneva II to convene on Nov. 23, though the U.S., Russia and the U.N. have all said no date has been officially set.