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Lavrov says Russia is ready to cooperate with Muslim countries to rebuff terrorism

October 03, 2016, 17:57 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Middle East is "literally bleeding", the Russian foreign minister noted

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MOSCOW, October 3. /TASS/. Russia is ready to cooperate with Muslim countries to rebuff international terrorism, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

"We think it important to unite to counter terrorism and extremism," he said at a reception on the occasion of the Islamic New Year. "A broad front is needed now as never before and Russian President Vladimir Putin advanced this initiative at a session of the United Nations General Assembly a year ago."

"Russia is now drafting a United Nations Security Council resolution called to mobilize the world community to counter spreading terrorists and extremist ideologies," Lavrov said. "We are ready to cooperate on these matters with Muslim countries."

According to the Russian top diplomat, Russia and Muslim countries "are seriously worried over the developments in the Middle East and North Africa." "The region is literally bleeding," he said. "What is going on there is the consequence of the policy of those countries that are seeking to promote the concept of toppling unwanted regimes by force methods, of the remapping of the regional landscape."

"A vivid example of such an approach is the conflicts in Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria, the unstable situation in the zone of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict," he said. "Of special concern is the current outburst of terrorist threat which is a major challenge to the entire international community."

"Russia has never been seeking to derive any profits from the unstable situation in the region," Lavrov stressed. "We are interested in the soonest resolution of all crises by political and diplomatic means on the basis on international law.".

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