U.N. mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura attends a news conference after a meeting at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 1, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
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United Nations Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura said Thursday he planned to meet "people around the team" of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to discuss the nearly six-year conflict in the country.De Mistura briefed the U.N. Security Council behind closed doors Thursday and said he would remain in the United States until Tuesday.De Mistura told reporters after the council briefing that he has ideas on "how President [elect] Trump's team would be able to look at the fight on terrorism in very effective ways". He said last month little was known about Trump's Middle East policy, but there might be a chance of progress in ending the Syrian war if Trump stuck to his campaign pledge to fight ISIS with Russian President Vladimir Putin.On Thursday, the 15-member Security Council discussed the Russian announcement that the Syrian army had stopped combat operations in eastern Aleppo to allow for the evacuation of civilians, Spain's U.N. Ambassador Roman Oyarzun Marchesi, president of the council for December, said after the meeting.
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