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MOSCOW, September 5. /TASS/. Russia and Israel stand for consolidation of efforts to combat terrorism in the Middle East and in the world in general, the Russian foreign ministry said on Monday after talks between Russian president’s special envoy for the Middle East and African countries and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Russian diplomat was received by the Israeli prime minister in line with an earlier agreement.
"During the detailed, confidential conversation, the sides discussed a range of issues of the bilateral Russian-Israeli agenda," the ministry said. "It was stated with satisfaction that multi-faceted cooperation between Russia and Israel is developing dynamically, including intensive multi-level political dialogue, mutual commitment to further development of trade-and-economic and investment partnership, enlivening of humanitarian, cultural and other ties between the two countries."
"Special focus was made on the task of consolidation of efforts in the interests of efficient struggle against the universal terrorist threat in the Middle East and in the world in general," the Russian foreign ministry noted. "While exchanging views on the current Middle East problems, priority attention was focused on the prospects for the Israeli-Palestinian settlement and the role Russia is playing in promoting comprehensive peace and reliable security in the Middle East."
A schedule of government-level visits was in focus of talks between Russian president’s special envoy for the Middle East and African countries and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Director General of Israel’s Foreign Ministry Dore Gold, the Russian foreign ministry said on Monday.
The sides "discussed current issues of the Russia-Israel political dialogue, including in the context of the implementation of the relevant plan of inter-ministerial consultations," the ministry said.
"Special attention was focused on an exchange of opinions on regional problems, including development of the military-political and humanitarian situation in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen, and the situation on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip," the ministry said. "The sides also discussed a schedule and the process of preparations for the planned Russia-Israel contacts and exchange of visits at the governmental and inter-ministerial levels.".