International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has said talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad today were "very serious" and "terribly important" in an effort to end the country's 18-month-old conflict.
I have met with President Assad. We talked about this very serious and dangerous crisis which is becoming worse by the day . It is terribly important and urgent to address it in the proper manner. I repeat the crisis constitutes a threat on the Syrian people, on the region as a whole and on the world actually.
I think President Assad is aware more than I do the dimension of this crisis and how danger it is. I informed President Assad that we will try our best and exert all efforts to come up with ideas that will help the Syrians to get out of the ordeal.
I heard from Assad and all Syrian officials that they will help Mr. Lamani who will be based in Damascus to do his job at the best way and succeed in his task.
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