United Nations: Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League envoy on Syria, met the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus and had "candid and comprehensive" discussions with him.

During the talks Annan put forth proposals for ending the violence and allowing access to humanitarian agencies in the country.

Annan met Assad on Saturday and will resume the talks with the Syrian leader on Sunday.

During the talks, which Annan described as candid and comprehensive, the former UN chief expressed "grave concern" at the situation in Syria and urged the President to take concrete steps to end the current crisis, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson here.

Annan put several proposals on table regarding stopping the violence, access for humanitarian agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, release of detainees and start of an inclusive political dialogue to address the aspirations and concerns of the people.

Annan also met opposition leaders and young activists, as well as prominent businessmen and businesswomen. He would leave for Doha on Sunday.

According to UN estimates, over 7,500 people have been killed in the Syrian violence. Earlier this week, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that as many as 2,000 refugees from Syria may have crossed into Lebanon in just two days.