File - U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi meets with Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, at his office in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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Former U.N.-Arab League peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi tried unsuccessfully to convince President Bashar Assad to be a "kingmaker and not a king".In an interview conducted with Al-Hayat newspaper, Brahimi described his efforts to convince Assad to accept a behind-the-scenes political role, made during two separate meetings, which came to nothing.The two-part interview, whose first installment was published Wednesday, said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at one point told Brahimi that Moscow's influence with the Syrian regime was not as important as people believed.
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