Syrian FM tells outgoing UN envoy: Stay out of constitution

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<pSyrian state media say the foreign minister has told the outgoing U.N. envoy to stay out of matters concerning the war-torn country's constitution.

<pWalid al-Moallem reportedly told U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura that the constitution is a "sovereign" matter and that Damascus will not allow any foreign intervention or meddling in it.

<pThe remarks were carried by the state SANA news agency as al-Moallem and de Mistura met in Damascus on Wednesday.

<pDe Mistura said last week he would make a final effort before stepping down next month to advance toward a new constitution for Syria — a key step in ending the country’s civil war.

<pThe Syrian opposition wants a completely new constitution drafted while the government says it will only allow internally agreed-on changes to the charter.