Kofi Annan to hold talks with Syrian president

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad welcomes UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan in Damascus Credit: REUTERS/Khaled Al Hariri

International peace envoy Kofi Annan has arrived in the Syrian capital of Damascus for talks with President Bashar al-Assad, his spokesman said.

It comes a day after the international peace envoy admitted that his peace plan had so far failed to end 16 months of bloodshed.

UN and government sources said Annan and Assad would not meet tonight.