International envoy Kofi Annan has proposed setting up a Syrian transitional government that could include followers of President Bashar al-Assad and opposition members in a bid to end the country’s war, diplomats said overnight.

The major powers – the US, Britain, France, China and Russia, a key Syrian President al-Assad ally, generally back the plan that will be discussed at a meeting of foreign ministers Annan has convened in Geneva on Saturday, they said.

Annan’s blueprint says the interim government could include members of President al-Assad’s government and opposition groups, but not officials “whose presence could harm the transition and jeopardise the credibility of the government or undermine efforts to bring reconciliation,” according to a summary given by one UN diplomat.

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