Syrian deputy PM to visit Moscow, official says

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Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil is scheduled to head to Moscow Monday to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign ministry said on Friday.

However, no further information was disclosed.

The meeting comes as Moscow and Washington attempt to organize a peace conference between the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad and the rebels to end the two-year conflict.

In June, Syria’s main opposition group said that it will not take part in such talks.

“What is happening in Syria today completely shuts the doors on any discussions about international conferences and political initiatives,” George Sabra, head of the opposition National Coalition, said at a press conference in Istanbul.

At least 90,000 people have been killed since the spark of the uprising in March 2011, according to the United Nations.

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