A handout photo made available by the Oman News Agency (ONA) on August 6, 2015 shows Omani Foreign Minister Yussef bin Alawi bin Abdulla (R) meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in the capital Muscat. AFP PHOTO
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Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem made his first visit to the Gulf in more than four years Thursday, meeting his Omani counterpart in Muscat for talks on ways to end the civil war in his country. The visit, his first to the Gulf since his country descended into conflict in 2011, coincides with heightened diplomatic efforts to end the four-year conflict in Syria. In the meeting, Moallem and Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi agreed it was time to bring together "constructive efforts" to end the crisis, the Syrian state news agency SANA said.Moallem was accompanied by Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, SANA said.Moallem visited Tehran earlier in the week for talks on the war amid increased efforts by Iran and Russia, both allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad, to end the conflict and build a wide international alliance against ISIS.
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