United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen gestures in Damascus on his first visit, January 15, 2019 [Omar Sanadiki/Reuters]

The United Nations‘ newly appointed Special Envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, arrived in Damascus on Tuesday for a three-day visit.

Upon his arrival, Pedersen spoke to reporters saying he is looking forward to substantial and productive talks with Damascus. He is scheduled to meet Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem shortly after his arrival.

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