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Russian, German experts discuss Geneva 2

October 24, 2013, 18:51 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, October 24 (Itar-Tass) - Participants in the Russian-German high-level group for political security said it was important to implement the initiative on eliminating chemical weapons and convening the Geneva II Peace Conference, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.

The session was held in Berlin on Thursday within the meeting between the co-chairmen of the group - Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov and State Secretary at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs Emily Haber, the ministry said.

The diplomats discussed bilateral issues within preparations for the 16th round of interstate consultations at the high level. “Both parties discussed trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian relations, including the agenda of the years of the Russian and German languages in 2014-2015,” the ministry said.

The diplomats exchanged views on international issues, “including Russia-EU and Russia-NATO relations, the situation in Afghanistan, in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the situation in Syria”, the ministry said, adding, “The parties agreed to intensify efforts aimed at carrying out the Russian-American initiative on eliminating chemical arsenals and convening the international conference on Syria.”

“The diplomats of both countries agreed to strengthen constructive cooperation and the effectiveness of working mechanisms in such areas as European and regional security, the WMD non-proliferation and arms control, countering international terrorism, drug trafficking and organised crime,” the ministry said.

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