Jordan’s Prime Minister Fayez al-Tarawneh has said that the United Nations needs to play a far greater role and needs to exert more pressure on the government of Syria if it is to help end continuing violence and armed conflict in the Middle Eastern state. Mr Al-Tarawneh, whose country borders Syria, made the statement on an official visit to the Czech Republic on Monday, where he met with Czech counterpart Petr Nečas. Violence in Syria has continued since January 2011. Peace envoy Kofi Annan is due to arrive in Russia where he will appeal to Moscow to put more pressure on Syria's leadership to begin political transition to end the conflict. Russia has strong ties with Syria and has, for example, vetoed calls for foreign intervention.